Former Red Sox starter Kason Gabbard made his return visit to Hadlock Thursday, Hadlock was not so welcoming, culminating in Gabbart getting the loss in the Erie SeaWolves 5 - 1 win.
After a 1 hour 10 minute rain delay, Gabbard was rough from the start allowing the 1st 4 batters to reach base. Gabbard walked 2 and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, throwing 44 pitches in the 1st. Gabbard's 2 walks moved him past Kyle Jackson into 4th Place on the All Time Sea Dogs list of Base on Balls Allowed.
Things were much easier in the 2nd and 3rd innings throwing only 11 in the 2nd and finishing his start with 86 pitches 47 for strikes, 2 earned runs on 3 hits, allowing 4 walks striking out 5.
The offense did nothing to help Dogs pitching along the way being held at bay through the 1st 5 innings by SeaWolves pitcher Pat Stanley. Stanley, who is 6'7", features a menacing over the top delivery kept Sea Dogs hitters off balance all night. The top 5 Sea Dogs hitters went a combined 1 - 23, with Josh Reddick's infield dribbler being the only hit.
Things looked good for the Dogs in the 5th inning, when Ryan Kalish finally broke up the no hitter. Iggy Suarez then lined one back up the middle and Josh Reddick beats out an infield hit score the Dogs lone run.
Sea Dogs pitching did OK through the 6th when they loaded the bases, but Josh Reddick made a beautiful throw to home plate to nail the runner ending the 6th inning.
Stanley ended by going 6 1/3 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
The Sea Dogs made things a little interesting in the 9th when SeaWolves pitcher Zach Simons came in to close things out. Simon started the inning by walking Ryan Kalish. Kalish advanced to 3rd when Dogs catcher Jaun Apodaca grounded to Erie shortstop Cale Iorg who threw wild of 1st putting runners at the corners. After Iggy Suarez lined out to the 2nd baseman, Sea Dogs pinch hitter Reid Engel walked to load the bases with the top of the order coming up. Josh Reddick worked the count in his favor and blasted a deep drive to center field which on a clear night might have been lone gone, but just a long out this rainy night. The game ended on the next at bat as Argenis Diaz flew out to shallow left.
Game Notes : Sea Dogs Pitcher Dustin Richardson now ranks second on the team with 55 strikeouts...Erie scored 11 of 16 runs in the series with two outs...Sea Dogs Center Fielder Josh Reddick hit safely in all three games of the series.