Thursday, April 08, 2010

#SeaDogs Open Season With a "W"

It might have been the first game of the season, but the Portland Sea Dogs' offense looked to be in midseason form. On Thursday night, the Sea Dogs started things off by bashing four home runs, while also swiping four bases in a thrilling 10-5 victory over the Reading Phillies at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The offensive explosion began just five pitches into the 2010 campaign, as Ryan Kalish greeted Vance Worley with a home run to right field. The Phillies were quick to respond, scoring three times in two innings, to take a 3-1 lead.

Reading held onto that lead until the fifth inning, when the Sea Dogs put five runs on the board, capped off by a Luis Exposito three-run homer.

Nate Spears' solo home run in the seventh and Che-Hsuan Lin's three run blast in the eighth provided some insurance for the visitors, who built a 10-4 advantage at the time.

Felix Doubront picked up the win for Portland, going five innings, allowing three hits, three runs (two earned), and one walk, while striking out two. Vance Worley suffered the loss for the Phillies, going four and one-third innings, allowing five hits, four runs, and two walks, while striking out three.

Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin, and Jose Iglesias each had two hits on the offensive side, while Eammon Portice got a hold in his Double-A debut on the mound. Jason Rice also made his debut for the Sea Dogs, pitching a perfect ninth inning to secure the win.

The Sea Dogs and Phillies continue their four-game series on Friday at 7:05. Ryne Miller gets the nod for Portland, going up against Reading's Phillippe Aumont.

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