PORTLAND, Maine — The Trenton Thunder silenced the Portland Sea Dogs’ bats to take a 2-1 Eastern League baseball victory Thursday night at Hadlock Field.
Justin Haley made his Double-A debut for the Sea Dogs and didn’t miss a beat. The right-hander allowed the first two to reach to begin the game, but retired the next three in order, capped off with a 94 mph fastball to strike out Tyson Blaser.
Haley (0-1) retired the side in order in the second, but loaded the bases with nobody out in the third. Ali Castillo and Jake Cave singled and Ben Gamel walked to fill them up.
Haley struck out Gary Sanchez, but it was Francisco Arcia’s sacrifice fly line drive to center that scored the first run for Trenton.
Haley went six innings, allowing the one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Besting him on the other side was Jaren Long. The Sea Dogs had no answer for the righty as he pitched around three hits over the first three innings and kept Portland off the board.
Long had a stretch of eight in a row retired, before Shannon Wilkerson broke it up with a two-out walk. Derrik Gibson followed with his second hit of the night but the Sea Dogs couldn’t capitalize.
Long’s night came to an end after Ryan Dent’s two-out double in the seventh, but Danny Burawa mopped up and struck out Wilkerson looking to end the inning.
Mark Montgomery was called upon to close it out in the ninth. Keury De La Cruz reached on a fielder’s choice and with two down, Dan Fiorito extended the game by booting a ball at third and putting Ryan Dent on first.
Wilkerson was next and drove a double off the Maine Monster, scoring De La Cruz and cutting the Trenton lead in half. Montgomery got Gibson to pop out to second to close out the game, earning his first save.
Long (4-0) finished 6 ⅔ shutout innings allowing five hits, walking one, and striking out eight.