(Portland) Huge games by anyone named Jeremy as they led the Portland Sea Dogs to a 12-0 rout of the Reading Phillies on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field.
Jeremy Kehrt pitched a perfect five innings and Jeremy Hazelbaker had three hits including two home runs and drove in five runs.
After catching Bryce Harper, Derek Norris, and Tyler Moore in August last year when Harrisburg played at Hadlock, I was intent on getting pictures of potential major leaguers.
The top prospects in the game, as far as I could figure, were: Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, Sebastian Valle, and Trevor May for Reading and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz for Portland.
It was a bright day most of the time so unfortunately for a picture taker, many of the players wore sunglasses. I got two players I was after (Darin Ruf and Bryce Brentz) to remove their shades for pictures. Cesar and Trevor didn’t wear sunglasses. The toughest one was Jackie Bradley. However, he didn’t wear shades when he was hitting so I got my best shots when he was on the bases or returning to the Portland dugout.
Trevor May had a very rough afternoon. The Phillies #1 prospect (6-5/250) had serious control issues giving up eight walks.
There was a nice ceremony before the game welcoming some new citizens.
There were over six thousand fans on hand and the afternoon was filled with entertainment for them.
Portland shortstop Ryan Dent made several terrific plays.
Marquez Smith also had a home run for Portland. There is a lighthouse in centerfield that shoots off fireworks after a Portland home run.
Chris Cameron (Director of Media Relations) once again made my visit a smooth one. Being allowed on the field before the game and in the dugouts during the game certainly increased my chances of getting some good pictures.
(The pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)