The Portland Sea Dogs had the Class AA Eastern League's second-lowest home run total heading into last night's game against the Bowie Baysox. But despite striking out 12 times, Portland launched a 13-hit attack and looked like a powerhouse by the end of its 9-4 victory over the Baysox before 6,918 at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie.
Pablo Ozuna (3 for 5, four RBI), Julio Ramirez and Nate Rolison supplied the power for Portland, which had 97 homers entering the game and also ranked next-to-last in the league in runs scored with 576. Ozuna and Ramirez both hit three-run homers while Rolison added a solo shot as the Sea Dogs chased Bowie starter Matt Riley (10-4) in the sixth.
Riley had an up-and-down night, striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings, but surrendering five runs on nine hits; he also balked once and hit a batter. The biggest blow was Ramirez's three-run shot with two outs in the sixth that gave Portland (58-68) the lead for good at 5-3 and ended Riley's three-game winning streak.
"He threw some good pitches," Bowie pitching coach Dave Schmidt said. "Even though he didn't have his best location . . . he battled well and had a chance to leave ahead after six innings."