Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Portland Sea Dogs emerged from the cornfield and played some solid baseball. On the annual Field of Dreams day, the Sea Dogs thumped the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-2 at Hadlock Field.
Nate Spears had three RBI, including a two-run homer, his 19th of the season. Ryan Lavarnway and Anthony Rizzo contributed to their RBI totals.
Four Sea Dogs lead the Red Sox minor leaguers in RBI: Lavarnway (101) , Rizzo (97), Luis Exposito (93) and Spears (81).
Stephen Fife (8-6) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings for his team-leading eighth win. The relief was impressive. Mitch Herald needed only 30 pitches (21 strikes) to get through three innings. he allowed one hit and struck out the side in the eighth. Jason Rice pitched a hitless ninth to lower his ERA to 2.85.
The Sea Dogs finish their season Monday at 1 p.m. at Hadlock.
In other Sea Dogs news, former Portland reliever Robert Coello was called up to the Red Sox today. He joins Felix Doubront, Ryan Kalish and Yamaico Navarro as players who began the year with the Sea Dogs and are now at Fenway Park.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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