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Weiland Tosses Gem, Dogs Fall 2-107/24/2010 9:15 PM ET
By Elizabeth Dreeson / Portland Sea Dogs
Portland, Maine- On a foggy night in Portland when the Sea Dogs offense was relatively quiet, Kyle Weiland did everything he could to keep his team in the game. His best outing of the season was spoiled when Jason Rice couldn't hold on to the Sea Dogs' 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth. The Sea Dogs lost 2-1 on Friday night in front of a crowd of 6,869.
After hitting a season-high of three batters in his last outing against New Hampshire, Kyle Weiland rediscovered his control. He stifled the Senators' offense, allowing only a double to Jesus Valdez in the first inning. After that hit, Weiland never looked back. He retired the next 20 batters he faced.
Weiland, who didn't factor into the decision, demonstrated complete command of his arsenal, which consists of a fastball, a changeup, and a slider. Weiland hurled a season-high seven innings, striking out a season-high of eight batters. He threw 63 of 90 pitches for strikes for one of the finest pitching performances of the season. Weiland's spectacular effort was wasted when Jason Rice gave up a bases loaded single to Jesus Valdez to score Tim Pahuta and Danny Espinosa. Rice (1-2) takes the loss.
The Sea Dogs' sole run came on an RBI single from Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the fourth to score Nate Spears. The Sea Dogs threatened in the bottom of the eighth when Chih-Hsien Chiang and Che-Hsuan Lin hit back-to-back singles, but neither Spears nor Navarro was able to bring the runners home.
Ryan Lavarnway did a fine job of catching Kyle Weiland for the first time, and extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Andrew Kown (5-4) hurled seven innings allowing only one run on four hits to earn the victory.
The Sea Dogs look to split the series against the Senators in the fourth and final game of the series Sunday afternoon at 1:00 from Hadlock Field. Sea Dogs right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (2-7, 5.20) will face off against the Senators' southpaw, Tom Milone (6-5, 3.24).