The Portland Sea Dogs (24-25) used a 2-run fifth inning and avoided a 3-game sweep of the Connecticut Defenders (28-21) with a 6-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Dodd Stadium. Portland finished the roadtrip at 3-3 and closed out May with a 15-15 record.
Portland starter RHP Jarod Plummer (4-1) earned his 2nd win of the roadtrip, working 5 innings on four hits and three runs. The righty issued three walks, fanned five and moved into 2nd on the team in wins. RHP Bryce Cox pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two to earn his 3rd save in as many opportunities.
LF Aaron Bates (3-for-5, 2 RBI) capped off a career month, driving in two runs and tying a franchise record for most RBI’s in month with 28 (Kevin Millar 1997 and Ross Gload 2000). Bates knocked in the first run of the game with a single in the first and increased the ‘Dogs lead to 5-3 with a run-scoring single in the fifth. The Portland outfielder finished the roadtrip hitting .542 (13-for-24), 3 HR and 9 RBI.
1B Brett Pill (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) tied the game at three, blasting a 3-run homer over the left-field wall in the third inning. The rally started on DH Brock Bond’s single and a walk to SS Brandon Crawford.
The Sea Dogs had five consecutive baserunners off losing pitcher RHP Daryl Maday in the top of the first inning. After Bates’ RBI single, 3B Jorge Jimenez (3-for-4, 3B, BB) followed with a 2-run single to left field, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-0 lead. Jimenez had three hits, including a triple in the seventh inning off LHP Matt Yourkin. Maday lasted 4.1 innings, surrendering seven hits, five runs and dropped to 0-2 against Portland in four starts.
RHP Chris Province notched his 4th hold of the year, working two scoreless frames and retiring 6 of 7 batters faced. RHP T.J. Large earned his 2nd hold, surrendering his first earned run on the road in the eighth inning. SS Brandon Crawford and Pill singled – both advanced 90 feet on a sac-bunt by LF Bobby Felmy. C Tyler LaTorre made it a 1-run deficit with a run-scoring ground out. The Sea Dogs regained that 2-run lead in the top of the ninth inning on a solo-homer by DH Jon Still (5th of the season).
The Sea Dogs open up a 7-game homestand with the Binghamton Mets on Monday night with a 6:00 PM start from Hadlock Field. LHP Felix Doubront (3-2, 3.57) faces LHP Mike Antonini (4-1, 5.02) in the series opener. Catch all the action on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 5:35 PM with the CorrectDeck Pre-Game Show.
Notes…Jimenez picked up his 2nd triple of the season and his 4th multi-hit game of the season…Ryan Kalish stole his 2nd base and is 10-for-13 in steals this season between Salem and Portland…Bates finished May with a .370 (40-for-108) average, 6 HR and 28 RBI…The Sea Dogs went 15-15 in May but 11-10 on the road.