Double-A hitters can’t touch Masterson, Hunter

Welcome to Double-A, Justin Masterson. The former Spinner who has been dominating the California League with Lancaster pitched 6 2/3 innings for Portland last night without allowing a hit in his first outing at the Double-A level. Masterson walked two and struck out nine New Hampshire batters.

Hunter Jones, a left-handed member of the 2005 Spinners who also recently arrived in Portland, retired the next six batters to bring the Sea Dogs hurlers within one out of a combined no-hitter. Unfortunately, Lyle Overbay, a career .289 hitter in the majors who is on a rehab assignment, singled on a ground ball up the middle.

Offensively, the Sea Dogs pounded out 14 hits including two from Bubba Bell, the former Spinner who was promoted with Masterson. The multihit game ended a 2 for 13 mini-slump since being called up for Bell.

Jed Lowrie, who was in Tewksbury Sunday to sign autographs for the Joann Weber Foundation, went 1 for 5. Lowrie is hitting .342 so far in July, he also homered from both sides of the plate on Sunday against New Hampshire.

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