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August 10, 2009 at 7:00 AM

Kalish perfect at plate in Portland win


On a night when the Pawtucket and DSL Red Sox were idle, Portland worked over Bowie and won 8-2. Ryan Kalish led the Sea Dogs charge, going 4 for 4 with a home run, a walk and 4 runs scored. Jorge Jimenez also had a good afternoon, going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a run scored, while Daniel Nava went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and 3 RBI. On the mound, it was Jarrod Plummer's 6.0 scoreless innings that set the tone. Plummer allowed only 1 walk and 1 hit, striking out 3 to improve to 8-6. Chris Province wasn't quite as effective, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in his 2.0 innings of work. Andrew Dobies closed things out with a perfect ninth.

Former Salem starter Bryan Price, now pitching in the Indians organization for Kinston, went 6.0 strong innings as Salem lost again, this time by a 6-3 score. Most of the damage was done to Stephen Fife (2-1), who gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 4.0 innings, striking out 3. Jason Rice went the next 2.o innings scoreless, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks and striking out 5. Derrick Loop pitched the final 2.0 innings and allowed a run on a solo home run, striking out 4. Che-Hsuan Lin did have a nice night against Price, going 2 for 4 with a solo home run off the former Salem starter in the third. Mike Jones also went 2 for 4 with an RBI, while Jon Hee went 2 for 5 with an RBI of his own.

Despite a furious comeback attempt, Greenville came up just short and lost to Bowling Green 5-4. Mike Lee started for the Drive and did well, going 5.0 innings giving up only 1 run on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Leandro Marin (1-2) wasn't quite so effective, as he allowed 4 earned runs on 5 hits in just 0.2 innings to take the loss. Mitch Herold went the final 2.1 perfect innings to keep Greenville in the game, but it was not meant to be. The Drive lineup scattered its 10 hits, with the only concentration coming in the line of Shannon Wilkerson, who went 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and 2 runs scored. Ryan Lavarnway, Ty Weeden, Kade Keowen, Ryan Dent, and Oscar Tejeda each went 1 for 3, and the only Greenville starter not to record a hit was Casey Kelly, who was 0-5 as the Drive shortstop.

After trading 3-run sixth innings, Batavia hitters exploded to score 7 runs in the top of the eighth, toppling Lowell 10-3. Alex Wilson continued his first-year dominance to begin the festivities, throwing 3.0 more scoreless frames allowing only 1 walk and 1 hit, striking out 4 to lower his ERA to 0.38. Tom Ebert pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings before running into trouble in the sixth, going 2.1 innings in all allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 1. Michael Bugary went the next 1.1 and allowed 1 run of his own on 3 hits, but it was Wang-Yi Lin who got torched in the eighth, allowing 6 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, allowing as many home runs (2) as outs recorded. Dennis Neuman pitched the final 1.2 innings and also allowed a run on 1 hit and 1 walk. The Spinners pounded out 12 hits in this one, led by the 3-for-5 performance of Derrick Gibson, including a double and a run scored. Drew Hedman, Alex Hassan, and Tom Di Benedetto each went 2 for 4.

Able to come through where the big league club could not, the GCL Red Sox scored 7 runs in the final 2 innings to walk off with the win against the GCL Rays, 8-7. Two Rays errors in the bottom of the ninth contributed to the win, including a missed catch that allowed the winning run to score. There were plenty of hits too, however, including 3 for Felix Sanchez in 5 at-bats, one of which drove in a run. Reymond Fuentes also collected 3 hits, his in 6 at-bats, including a double and an RBI of his own. Maykol Sanchez went 2 for 4, and Ken Roque went 2 for 5 with an RBI. On the mound, Pete Ruiz got the start and went 5.0 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Sven Huijer allowed 2 runs in his 2.0 innings of work, and he once again did not walk a batter. Justin Erasmus also allowed a run in his 2.0 innings, but he was on the mound when the offense woke up and earned the win to improve to 2-2.

Player of the Night: Ryan Kalish, who was a perfect 4 for 4, including a home run, a walk and 4 runs scored.