PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs took advantage of three errors and downed the Harrisburg Senators 5-1 Saturday night at Hadlock Field. The win marks the 87th of the season, and sets a record for the most wins ever in franchise history, besting the 1995 team’s 86 victories.
The Sea Dogs are now 87-53.
The second game of the series began as a pitcher’s duel with each starter tossing three scoreless innings.
Felipe Rivero had allowed a walk, but no hits to the Sea Dogs through the first 11 hitters, before Sean Coyle stepped in with one out in the fourth. The second baseman took a 0-1 fastball from the left-hander and hit a laser over the Maine Monster in left-center for a solo home run.
The floodgates opened up defensively for the Senators (52-88) and the Dogs capitalized for four, unearned runs in the fifth. Rivero walked the leadoff man and Kevin Heller reached on an error to the third baseman putting two on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt had moved the two into scoring position for Heiker Meneses.
With the infield drawn in, Meneses crushed a one-hopper through the shortstop’s legs, for an error that plated Stefan Welch and upped the Dogs lead to 2-0. Two batters later, Ryan Dent hit a fly ball to right, which was mishandled by Drew Vettleson allowing two more runs to score and Portland held the 4-0 lead. Coyle followed and capped off the inning with a double down the line in left, scoring Dent and upping the lead to 5-0.
Justin Haley was making his sixth start for the Sea Dogs and spun another beauty. The righty retired the first seven in a row and 12 of the first 15 he faced to begin his outing.
Haley struck out five in a row at one point, including three in the fourth and the first two of the fifth. He picked up another pair of strikeouts in the sixth inning and returned to the mound for the seventh inning. He retired the first two and struck out the third man he faced for his ninth of the night and ended his outing.
He finished seven scoreless innings, tying a career-high, scattered four hits, walked one and struck out nine, also tying a career-high. All six of Haley’s Double-A starts have been quality starts.
Robby Scott took over for the righty in the eighth and gave up a run on two, two-out, base hits, making it 5-1. Aaron Kurcz pitched the ninth in scoreless fashion.