Friday, March 7, 2014
Pawtucket lost 3-1 and Portland was rained out Tuesday, so let's take a look at the interesting happenings in Class A.
Salem began its first inning with back-to-back home runs. Lead-off batter Jackie Bradley (.368) hit his third homer the traditional way, over the fence. Sean Coyle (.250) followed with his homer, an inside-the-park effort.
Coyle hit a line drive off the center field wall that bounced past the outfielder. Coyle told the Roanoke Times it was his first inside-the-park home run "other than playing AAU ball with no fences back home."
Salem scored six times in the first inning. Michael Almanzar (.279) had a two-run double. The game was suspended by rain after four innings, with Salem up 6-0, and will be resumed today ... Salem starter Miguel Celestino was pitching a one-hitter (2 K's) over the first four innings.
Three Greenville pitchers combined for a no-hitter, and was one walk away from a perfect game.
Miguel Pena retired all 18 batters he faced (7 strikeouts) ... Hunter Cervenka relieved. After a 1-2-3 seventh, he walked the first batter in the eighth. He struck out five over two innings ... Tyler Lockwood (two strikeouts) got the save in the 1-0 win ... Kerry De La Cruz (.351) homered for the only run.
Although the Sea Dogs did not play Tuesday, there was news out of Portland, as reliever Eammon Portice was released. Portice, 26, was a 12th-round draft pick in 2007. Initially a starter, Portice became a reliever when he began the 2010 season in Portland.
Portice had a live arm (463 career strikeouts in 425 innings), but his production appeared inconsistent (4.44 ERA), including a 4.76 ERA this year.
The Sea Dogs are scheduled to play at Hadlock tonight at 6 p.m.
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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