Monday, March 10, 2014
By David Driver / Special to the Press Herald
BOWIE, Md. — Bryce Brentz hit a grand slam, Ryan Dent had three hits and outfielder Peter Hissey returned to the lineup, but there was not much else to celebrate in the quiet Portland clubhouse Tuesday night.
The Sea Dogs allowed a season-high 18 hits and Bowie scored three runs in three innings to post an 11-6 victory between two second-division clubs in the Eastern League.
"Our offense did really well. We had a lot of hits," said Brentz, who homered in the sixth.
But what about the four pitchers for the Sea Dogs, who allowed the Baysox to tie a season high in hits?
"They all go out and compete and throw hard. Tomorrow is another day," Brentz said.
On the disabled list from April 14 to June 9, Hissey started in the first game of a six-game trip.
"It is great to be back," said Hissey. "It is a great feeling."
Hissey fractured his left hand in his first game at Hadlock Field in April. He spent several weeks in Fort Myers, Fla., and had about 20 at-bats in extended spring training before heading back to the Sea Dogs.
In his first at-bat Tuesday he had an RBI double to left-center in the second to score Zach Gentile. Hissey, No. 9 in the lineup, walked in the fourth and stole a base but was stranded. He then had an infield single in the seventh.
"He can affect the game with his speed," said Jeremy Hazelbaker, who was hitless in six at-bats in the leadoff spot. "He is an impact player."
Sea Dogs starter Stolmy Pimentel gave up four runs in four innings.
Reliever Marco Duarte gave up a bases-loaded double to Allan de San Miguel, the No. 9 hitter for the Baysox, in the fifth to give Bowie a 7-2 lead.
Brentz said he hit a fastball away for his grand slam in the sixth to make it 7-6, but Bowie scored three runs in the sixth against Jesse Carlson. Caleb Clay gave up a solo homer in the seventh to Rhyne Hughes.
The struggles continued for Stolmy Pimentel (1-3), who had allowed 13 runs in his previous three starts. He allowed the first four runners to reach base Tuesday and gave up three runs.
The Baysox (28-34) took a 4-1 lead in the third as Robbie Widlansky led off with a single. Top prospect Manny Machado singled and a fielder's choice by Jonathan Schoop scored Widlansky to make it 4-1.
Hughes had a two-run double in the first and solo homer in the seventh for Bowie.
The Sea Dogs (27-36) had runners on second and third with one out in the first but did not score against Bowie starter Bobby Bundy. Adding insult to injury, Portland third baseman Dent and first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez collided going for a pop-up hit by Machado in the seventh. The ball fell to the ground but Widlansky was retired at second on a forceout.
NOTES: Left-handed pitcher Jesse Carlson joined the Sea Dogs from Pawtucket on Tuesday. Duarte was sent from Pawtucket to Portland on Monday.