April 19, 2012

Off bench, off wall, Sea Dogs win

Ronald Bermudez, a late sub, drives in the winning run off the left-field wall as Portland wins 2-1 in the ninth.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND - The Sea Dogs looked as if they might lose a quick game Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field. So you could excuse backup outfielder Ronald Bermudez if he was thinking about the team's long bus ride to Binghamton, N.Y., later that day.

click image to enlarge

Ronald Bermudez gets chased by teammate Ryan Dent after hitting a winning single off the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday at Hadlock Field.

Photos by John Ewing/Staff Photographer

click image to enlarge

Rock Cats shortstop Pedro Florimon, right, catches an infield popup despite some interference from third baseman Deibinson Romero in the fifth inning Wednesday.

Related Documents

Listen to highlights of the game

But when starting outfielder Bryce Brentz was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a called third strike, Bermudez hopped off the bench and joined the game.

"He's always ready to play," Portland Manager Kevin Boles said.

Good thing.

Bermudez did not come to bat until the ninth inning -- with the bases loaded and the game tied 1-1.

"I was ready for any pitch," Bermudez. "He threw me a fastball inside -- RBI."

Bermudez swatted a single off the left-field wall to score Kolbrin Vitek from third base for a 2-1 win over the New Britain Rock Cats (10-4).

The Sea Dogs (4-10) did not have a runner reach third base until the ninth inning when New Britain closer Luis Perdomo (0-2) came on with a 1-0 lead.

He walked Derrik Gibson and Vitek to start the inning, then gave up a tying double to Oscar Tejeda, who just missed clearing the left-field wall.

With runners on second and third, Juan Carlos Linares was intentionally walked, bringing up Bermudez, who was just added to Portland's active roster on Saturday after Peter Hissey broke his hand.

"I get my opportunity and I play hard," Bermudez said.

Reliever Charle Rosario (1-0), promoted to Portland on Tuesday, got the win with 31/3 innings of hitless relief.

The two starting pitchers did not factor in the decision despite stellar efforts.

Portland left-hander Chris Hernandez, 23, making his third Double-A start, threw 52/3 strong innings, giving up up three infield hits and one unearned run, while striking out eight. He hit one batter and walked another.

New Britain's Steve Hirschfield, 26, allowed three hits over seven innings, striking out seven.

Hernandez, who lowered his ERA to 1.72, mixed in a fastball, cutter, change-up and curve to allow only two balls out of the infield, both flyouts.

"He was just dominating the inside of the plate," said catcher Jayson Hernandez. "He had confidence throwing any pitch in any count."

The Rock Cats got their run in the first inning, helped by a Sea Dogs error.

Leadoff batter Estarlin De Los Santos reached base when Vitek, the third baseman, made a throw well over the first baseman's head.

After a bunt single and a hit batter, De Los Santos was standing on third. With two outs, he scored on a wild pitch.

Chris Hernandez was sharp the rest of the way.

"All four pitches were working well," he said. "My change-up was the least (effective) but I was showing it and they were swinging.

"One of those days where everything falls in and you go out and have a good day."

NOTES: The paid attendance was 4,685. The Sea Dogs will play four games in Binghamton, N.Y., starting tonight. They move on to New Britain, Conn., Monday for another series against the Rock Cats.

Staff writer Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

kthomas@pressherald.com

Twitter: ClearTheBases

 

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)


 

Blogs

Clearing the Bases - TODAY
Pitching, pitching, pitching

More PPH Blogs

Winter sports 2013-2014

High School Football 2013

Fall sports photos