BOWIE -- Right-hander Antonio Alfonseca allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings last night as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the Bowie Baysox, 4-1, before 4,845 at Prince George's County Stadium.
Alfonseca (1-0) faced only two batters over the minimum as the Sea Dogs (5-1) won their third straight. The Baysox (3-7) lost their second in a row, and sixth in eight home games.
Ralph Milliard scored three times and Tim Clark hit his first home run of the season as Portland continued its early mastery over the Baysox. When the Baysox, who were shut out, 8-0, Friday night, pushed across a run in the eighth inning it broke a streak of 16 scoreless innings and was the first run scored against the Sea Dogs in 21 innings.
"We're challenging some of these young hitters," said Baysox manager Bob Miscik. "But they [the Sea Dogs] have thrown the ball very well the last two nights.
"The big guy [Alfonseca] was very effective after the first inning. Watching that inning, I didn't think he'd have that kind of command."
Left-hander Matt Jarvis (1-1) took the loss after giving up seven hits and all four Portland run in 4 1/3 innings. Right-hander Greg Knowles pitched 3 2/3 hitless innings in relief and Chris Lemp worked a scoreless ninth.
Had it not been for a strong defensive performance by Bowie second baseman Gregg Castaldo, the visitors could have blown the game open in the early innings.
After Bill McMillon's sacrifice fly made it 1-0 in the first, with a runner at second base, Castaldo went up the middle to take a hit away from Lou Lucca. An inning later, Castaldo made an alert relay home for the third out after a single by Mike Redmond.
In the third inning, after Milliard got a triple when Clayton Byrne missed a diving catch in center field and Edgar Renteria walked, Castaldo started a double play on a grounder by McMillon as the Sea Dogs upped their lead to 2-0.
But Clark opened the next inning with his home run, a high drive off the right-field foul pole, and Portland added another run when Knowles entered the game with the bases loaded and immediately uncorked a wild pitch. Meanwhile Alfonseca, aided by three double plays, shut Bowie down for seven innings.
The Baysox finally got on the scoreboard against reliever Jarod Julesgard in the bottom of the eighth on a single by Eric Chaves, a walk and an RBI single by Byrne.
Jay Powell, the Orioles' No. 1 draft pick in 1993 who was traded for Bret Barberie last winter, pitched the ninth inning to earn his second save for Portland.