The Portland Sea Dogs failed to defend Hadlock on Saturday, falling to Connecticut 10 - 4.
Sea Dog starter Travis Beazley was inconsistent throughout, unable to hold an early lead and departed in the 5th inning. DH Jorge Jimenez doubled home Josh Reddick (2-5 with a HR) and Ryan Khoury for the 2 - 0 lead in the first. Lars Anderson mis-read Jimenez's hit and got thrown out at 3rd after hesitating.
Beazley struggled in the 2nd allowing a run on 2 hits. The damaging blow was a Brett Pill double, plating Connecticut catcher Adam Witter. Beazley put the Defenders down 1-2-3 in the third, but struggled with the same part of the order in the 4th. After getting 2 quick outs, Connecticut loaded the bases on 2 singles and a walk from it's 5,6, and 7 hitters. DH Andrew D'Alessio got 2 run single scored Pill and Defenders LF Bobby Flemy and put the Defenders up 3 to 2.
Connecticut blew the game open in the top of the 5th. Defenders SS Brian Bocock got things going with a 1-out walk after a Brad Boyer strikeout. RF Eddy Martinez-Estevez wasted little time, jumping on a 0 - 1 fastball, blasting it down the left field line over the Maine Monster for a 5 - 2 lead. Witter extended the lead to 6 - 2 and ending Beazley's day with a solo blast that almost hit the Portland Glass sign in deep right center. Beazley's final line was 4 1/3 innings 7 hits, 6 runs, all earned, 3 walks and 3 Ks.
Blake Maxwell relieved Beazley, but fared little better,lasting 1 2/3 innings allowing 3 hits and a run. Chad Rhoades relieved Maxwell in the 7th and promptly served up a 2 RBI single by D'Alessio to make the score 10 - 3. D'Alessio finished the game 2-5 with 4 RBIs.
The only other Sea Dog highlight was Josh Reddick continued his torrid pace, slamming an 8th inning HR for his 2nd in 2 games. Reddick is now 6 - 10 with 2 HRs in the last 2 games.
- T.J. Large made his first appearance of the year and did not allow a run over 1.2 IP
- Portland's bullpen yielded their first two walks of the season
- Connecticut had five players with multi-hit games: Witter, Brett Pill, Felmy, Mooney and D'Alessio
- Aaron Bates had two hits and scored a run for Portland in his third straight start in left field
- RF Reid Engel made his Double-A debut but went 0-for-4
- Portland finishes the seris with Connecticut on Easter Sunday and then opens a 3 game seies against New Britain on Monday.