HARRISBURG, Pa. – If one dared to say “good evening” to Portland Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler on Saturday night, he would be ready with a response:

“For who?”

This Eastern League trip to Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg certainly hasn’t been good for the Sea Dogs, who suffered their third consecutive loss Saturday night to the Senators, 10-0.

Portland (52-55) committed as many errors (three) as it collected hits, and the offense again couldn’t produce any big hits with runners in scoring position.

Just one day after going 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position, Beyeler’s bunch was hitless Saturday in 11 more opportunities.

Right-handed prospect Casey Kelly struggled in his return to Harrisburg, where his father, Pat Kelly, had managed the Senators when Casey was 6 years old.


Kelly, a 20-year-old who missed his last start with a finger blister, was torched for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in three-plus innings as he fell to 3-5 this season.

“He threw the ball OK,” Beyeler said. “He got behind in the count and got hit. That’s really about it.”

Josh Johnson led the Senators’ offense by going 3 for 4 with three runs scored, a double and a three-run homer.

Luis Exposito had two of the Sea Dogs’ three hits against the trio of Jordan Zimmermann, making a rehab start for the Washington Nationals, Chuck James and Zach Dials. They combined to strike out eight batters while allowing four walks.

To add injury to the insult, third baseman Ray Chang of the Sea Dogs proved to be a magnet for baseballs.

While standing in the on-deck circle in the top of the third inning, Chang took a line drive right to the stomach off the bat of Nate Spears, which dropped him to the ground for a few moments.


He stayed in the game, only to be plunked in the right forearm by a Zimmermann fastball the next inning.

That one sent Chang to the hospital for X-rays, with results that were still pending at press time.

“The ball has been finding him,” Beyeler said. “He’s got a target on him.

“It seems like anytime something crazy like that happens to us this year, it’s happening to him.”

Elsewhere, Sea Dogs shortstop Jose Iglesias, on Portland’s disabled list, made a rehab appearance with Lowell of the New York-Penn League and was 1 for 2 with a run scored as the designated hitter.


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