Miller propels Sea Dogs past Senators

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs stayed with their winning ways and beat the Harrisburg Senators 6-2 Sunday afternoon on Field of Dreams and Fan Appreciation Day at Hadlock Field.

After a pre-game ceremony, complete with a “corn field” in center, the Sea Dogs jumped on the board in the first inning. Mike Miller crushed an off-speed pitch over the Maine Monster for a solo home run, his third of the season and first at Hadlock.

Portland left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez retired the first man he faced in the fourth, but gave up back-to-back base hits followed by a sacrifice fly and Harrisburg tied the game.

Portland rebounded and plated three in the fifth inning against starter Zach Kroenke. The lefty walked a pair and gave up a base hit, all with two down, and set the table once again for Miller. The second baseman ripped a double to left-center and cleared them all, upping the Portland lead to 4-1.

The final runs for the Dogs scored in the sixth, making it 6-1 Portland. Jonathan Roof had an RBI double and Stefan Welch connected for a sacrifice fly against Neil Holland for the two runs.

Rodriguez (6-8) finished six innings and allowed just the one run on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Robby Scott pitched a perfect seventh and Mike McCarthy delivered a scoreless eighth, before Harrisburg got one back against him in the ninth.

The first three Sens reached on two hits and a walk and Caleb Ramsey plated the second run of the game with an RBI single to left and ended the righty’s day on the mound. Noe Ramirez came on and induced a double play to the lone man he faced, ending the game and locking down his 18th save of the season.

Kroenke (3-9) lasted five innings and allowed four runs on four hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Holland gave up two runs over two innings and Robert Benincasa tossed a scoreless eighth for the Senators.

The Sea Dogs and Senators wrap up the regular season with game 142 Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Hadlock Field.

 

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