RHP Adam Mills (6-5) tossed six scoreless innings and C Juan Apodaca (2-for-4, 4 RBI, 2B) drove in 4 runs as the Portland Sea Dogs (43-46) rolled to a 9-2 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (41-49) on Monday afternoon at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs managed a split of the 4-game set with New Hampshire and finished the homestand at 4-3.
Mills earned his 4th consecutive win, allowing two hits, three walks and five strikeouts in the series finale. The righty worked out of a first inning jam when the 'Cats loaded the bases with one out. Mills retired RF Nick Gorneault on a line out to third base and stuck out C Brian Jeroloman.
The Sea Dogs responded with four runs in the first inning off losing pitcher RHP Kenny Rodriguez (1-2). With one out, LF Ryan Kalish walked and 3B Jorge Jimenez singled Kalish to third base. DH Jon Still cracked a run-scoring double off the right-field wall and Apodaca delivered a 2-run bloop double to right field. SS Argenis Diaz nailed a RBI double to left-center field but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. Rodriguez lasted 2.2 innings, allowing five hits, five runs, three walks and four strikeouts.
CF Josh Reddick smack two home runs, nailing a two-out blast over the right-center field wall in the second inning. Reddick slammed his 12th homer of the season (49 games and 203 at-bats) to lead off the seventh inning to give Portland a 6-1 advantage. The Sea Dogs scored four times in the seventh off LHP Edgar Estanga. Kalish and Still singled before 1B Lars Anderson's RBI double to center field. Apodaca greeted RHP Leon Boyd with a 2-run single down the left-field line.
Portland received multi-hit starts from 6 of 9 starters (all nine reached base safely): Anderson (2-for-4), Apodaca (2-for-4), Diaz (3-for-4), Kalish, (2-for-4), Reddick (2-for-4) and Still (3-for-5). The 16 hits for Portland was the most since they had 16 against the Binghamton Mets on June 3 at Hadlock Field.
LHP Tommy Hottovy allowed one run over 1.1 IP and RHP Bryce Cox wrapped up Portland's 23rd win at Hadlock Field by recording the final five outs. Mills was perfect in 4 of 6 innings and is 4-0, 1.96 ERA in his last four starts.
CF Darin Masroianni knocked in New Hampshire's first run with an inside-the-park homer to right field. 2B Brad Emaus produced an RBI single in the eighth inning.
The Sea Dogs will be off for the next 2 days due to the Eastern League All Star game in Trenton, NJ. Portland will travel to Trenton on Thursday night beginning at 7:05 PM. Catch all the action on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:35 PM with the Pre-Game Show built by CorrectDeck.
Notes...Mills entered his June 4 start with an ERA of 8.92 but is 5-2, 1.96 ERA in 8 starts since - he currently has a scoreless streak of 13 innings...Apodaca knocked in a season-high 4 runs and is 5-for-13 (.385), 6 RBI and 5 doubles this month...Anderson extended his season-high hitting streak to 5 straight games: 10-for-16 (.625).