July 28, 2013

Sea Dogs beat Senators to split series

Matt Spring's tiebreaking home run at the end of a lengthy at-bat lifts Portland past Harrisburg.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Matt Spring is greeted in the dugout after he capped a 10-pitch at-bat in the seventh inning with a go-ahead home run, propelling the Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win over the Harrisburg Senators.

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Sea Dogs first baseman Travis Shaw catches a popup in the fifth inning, helping pitcher Terry Doyle escape a jam.

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WHO: Sea Dogs (Anthony Ranaudo 8-3) at Richmond Flying Squirrels (Ryan Vogelsong, MLB rehab)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

"I wasn't thinking triple play," said Almanzar, who short-hopped the ball near his right foot, took a few steps to get the force at third, then looked toward first before realizing he had plenty of time for the force at second. "I was thinking (VanOstrand) was going to bunt."

The relay by second baseman Ryan Dent was not in time to complete the first triple play in a franchise history that includes 2,793 games, but the double play certainly short-circuited the Senators.

"I thought we were going to get it," Spring said. "If (VanOstrand) wouldn't have run hard, we would have had him."

Kehrt issued four-pitch walks to the leadoff batter in each of his two innings. He defused the first situation with a double-play grounder in the sixth, but he gave up a tying two-out single to Carlos Rivero in the seventh.

That set the stage for Spring's long and ultimately successful battle with Karns to open the home seventh.

"To settle into that at-bat and to grind it out the way he did," Boles said, "and to finally square one up, that was a big hit for us."

NOTES: Paid attendance was announced as 6,871. ... The home run was Spring's ninth of the season. ... Doyle, a New Hampshire native who earned degrees in math and elementary education at Boston College, is a substitute math teacher in Rhode Island in the offseason. ... Only one Eastern League game is scheduled for Monday, involving Erie and Reading. The Sea Dogs fly to Richmond, Va., for a three-game series against the Flying Squirrels, followed by another three games at Bowie, Md. The hitting coach in Richmond is Portland native Ken Joyce. ... Only 13 home dates remain for the Sea Dogs, who return to Hadlock on Aug. 6 for six more games with Richmond and Bowie.

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Jeremy Kehrt allowed one run in his two innings of relief and picked up his first win of the season.


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