Sunday, April 20, 2014
Too bad the Sea Dogs could not have "borrowed" Ryan Kalish a little longer.
Instead, the outfielder continued his Rehab assignment with a move to Pawtucket this week. He went 2-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday. He and Ryan Lavarnway hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
In two games with Pawtucket, Kalish is 4-for-5 with four walks and two home runs. That makes for a nifty 2.889 OPS ... For Lavarnway (.299 average), it was his fifth HR.
The Sea Dogs have a noon game today with Chris Balcom-Miller (3-4, 4.99 ERA) on the mound. While his numbers are not outstanding, Balcom-Miller usually keeps his team in the game. He has allowed 3 earned runs or less in his last 7 starts.
Juan Carlos Linares, with three hits, now leads the Eastern League in hitting (.344) ... Kolbrin Vitek (strained rib muscle) remains on the DL and has yet to begin swinging a bat.
Here is the Portland lineup:
Jeremy Hazelbaker, LF
Shannon Wilkerson, CF
Juan Carlos Linares, RF
Reynaldo Rodriguez, 1B
Oscar Tejeda, DH
Matt Spring, C
Derrik Gibson, SS
Zach Gentile, 2B
Nick Natoli, 3B
(Chris Balcom-Miller, P)
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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