Sea Dogs complete sweep of Baysox


BOWIE -- In their three-year existence, the Bowie Baysox never had been swept in a home series of three games or longer.

That all changed yesterday.

The Portland Sea Dogs received their third straight outstanding pitching performance -- this one from starter Andy Larkin and reliever Doug Pettit -- and completed a weekend sweep of Bowie with a 2-0 victory before 4,453 at Prince George's County Stadium.

In the process, the Baysox wasted the best outing of the year by a starter, Garrett Stephenson, who allowed three hits and walked none in eight innings.

Afterward, manager Bob Miscik had a meeting with the Bowie hitters, who went 12-for-89 (.135) and scored one run in three games. Only two other Baysox reached third base in the series.

"We had to address a couple things," said Miscik. "We talked about having to be a little patient. But, hey, it's not easy to hit successfully at this level. Just ask the guy who is probably the best athlete in the world, Michael Jordan."

Stephenson was superb after hitting Ralph Milliard and issued a run-scoring double to Bill McMillon in the first inning. The right-hander retired 21 of the last 23 batters he faced and the other two (both of whom singled) were cut down by catcher B. J. Waszgis on steal attempts.

But it wasn't enough to offset Bowie's hitting woes against Larkin (seven innings, three singles, one walk) and Pettit, who permitted a harmless single in the final two.

"I just want to go out and at least give us a chance to win," said Stephenson, a Maryland native. "If you don't get a victory, there is nothing you can do about it. You can't get mad because you have no control over the offense.

"But I'll take this performance every time I go out there."

The lone Baysox runner to reach third was Feliciano Mercedes, who was hit by a pitch, sacrificed to second and advanced to third by Jim Crowley's infield hit with one out in the sixth.

But Harry Berrios struck out after falling behind 0-2 in the count and Waszgis grounded into a force play.

Three others got as far as second before the punchless attack faltered against a Sea Dogs pitching staff that has allowed one run in its last 31 innings.

Portland (6-1) scored its final run in the ninth against left-hander Aaron Lane, who had been unscored upon in his first five appearances.

Miscik said he will give the team a day off today before it embarks on its first long road trip.

"We'll put the bats down for a day," he said. "Most of these guys have been going pretty hard since Feb. 20. We'll just try to rebound on the road."

A third straight defeat and fourth in five games left Bowie (3-8) in the Eastern League's Southern Division basement.

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