The Sea Dogs used an 8-run seventh inning to take the series finale from the Trenton Thunder, 10-3 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field. Portland finished 5-2 on the homestand and trail Trenton by 1.5 games for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Northern Division.
RHP Junichi Tazawa (7-3) picked up his league-leading 7th victory of the season, hurling six strong innings on four hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Tazawa’s lone blemish came in the sixth inning on DH Noah Hall’s solo homer to tie the game at one. The Japanese native has recorded 63 strikeouts through 12 starts, which ranks 3rd in the league but the most among Red Sox Minor League pitchers.
RHP Alan Horne (0-3) relieved RHP Ryan Pope in the sixth inning and suffered the loss for the Thunder. Horne yielded 8 runs (7 earned) on six hits during Portland’s 8-run 7th inning.
The Sea Dogs sent 12 men to the plate in the seventh inning with eight consecutive runners reaching base. Portland was leading 2-1 entering the inning and received 2-run singles from 3B Jorge Jimenez (2-for-5) and RF Ryan Kalish (1-for-4). LF Aaron Bates (1-for-5) and CF Bubba Bell (2-for-5) added RBI singles with 1B Lars Anderson (2-for-3) nailing a run-scoring double. Portland scored the first run of the inning on a SS Argenis Diaz’s sacrifice bunt which turned into a throwing error by Horne, enabling Kalish to score.
Bell snapped a 1-1 tie with a lead-off homer in the sixth inning off Horne, giving Portland the lead for good. Bell, who had 6 RBI in May, finished the homestand 9-for-22 (.409), HR, 3 RBI.
RHP Ryan Pope took a no-decision for Trenton, allowing just one run on four hits in 5 IP. The Sea Dogs scored that run in the third inning when 2B Ryan Khoury doubled off the wall and scored on C Mark Wagner’s 2-out single.
The Sea Dogs bullpen closed out the game, receiving 1.2 innings from RHP Richie Lentz, who allowed a 2-run homer to 2B Chris Malec. RHP Blake Maxwell closed out the win with 1.1 scoreless innings and fanned one.
Portland has Monday off and travel to Erie on Tuesday night to play the SeaWolves in the start of a 6-day roadtrip, game time is 7:05 PM. Catch all the action on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:35 PM with the CorrectDeck Pre-Game Show.
Notes…Portland will see to go three games over .500 for the first time on Tuesday night – they have been 2 games over .500 six times this season…Wagner has a double in 9 of 12 games and finished the homestand 8-for-20 (.400) with 7 RBI…The ‘Dogs are 4-2 against Trenton and start June by winning 5 of 7 games.
Courtesy Portland Sea Dogs