PORTLAND, Maine — The Erie SeaWolves couldn’t get much offense going against Anthony Ranaudo as the Portland Sea Dogs earned a series split with a quick 2-0 win Thursday in front of 4,195 fans at Hadlock Field.
Ranaudo, the No. 16 overall prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization according to MLB.com, struck out a career-high 13 and allowed just two hits in 72/3 scoreless innings.
He was lifted with two outs in the top of the eighth inning when Eugenio Suarez drew a walk and improved to 7-1 on the season.
Hernan Perez and Suarez were the only SeaWolves (34-30) to get a hit off Ranaudo and both were singles. Perez led off the ninth inning with his second single of the game and James McCann followed with a base hit but both were stranded.
On the flip side, Ramon Garcia was also strong on the mound for Erie. He struck out a career-high nine and didn’t walk one batter. Garcia, however, allowed two runs on seven hits in 71/3 innings, which was enough offense for the Sea Dogs.
Michael Almanzar drove in both runs for Portland (34-30).
He started with a one-out double in the first inning and hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.
Erie, which has been shut out four times in the past eight days, stays in the New England area for a three-game series at New Hampshire beginning today at 7:05 p.m.
On Wednesday, the SeaWolves took both games of a doubleheader against Portland.
Erie won the first game 3-2 in eight innings and shut out the Sea Dogs 1-0 in the second game.
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