BINGHAMTON, New York — The Portland Sea Dogs hit four home runs and beat the Binghamton Mets 7-0 to even their Eastern League opening playoff series at a game apiece Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium.
The series resumes at 6 p.m. Friday at Hadlock Field in Portland when the Sea Dogs will send left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (6-8, 3.60 ERA) to the mound against lefty Steven Matz (6-5, 2.27).
Portland’s Stefan Welch powered a 1-1 pitch from his former teammate Greg Peavey over the right field wall for a solo shot, which put Portland in front 1-0 in the second inning.The next two batters were retired before Mike Brenly stepped in and hit a three-hopper to short that Wilfredo Tovar booted and the inning continued.
Shannon Wilkerson followed and connected for a triple to right, which plated Brenly; the throw to get the batter strayed away from third and Wilkerson scored making it 3-0 Sea Dogs.
Mike Miller kept the inning alive with an opposite field single in front of Sean Coyle. The second baseman crushed another homer, his second in as many nights, and Portland held the 5-0 lead.
Portland right-hander Justin Haley picked up where his Double-A season left off. He worked the first in perfect fashion, pitched around two base runners in the second and held Binghamton at bay.
Peavey (0-1) returned to the mound for the third and threw three pitches to Welch before his night came to an end. Welch then connected for a mammoth solo home run, his second of the night and upped the Portland lead to 6-0.
Haley (1-0) cruised with the huge lead and faced the minimum in the third and retired the side in order in the fourth.
Keury De La Cruz jumped in on the offensive attack in the fifth with an opposite-field solo home run against Matt Koch, the fourth of the night for Portland, and gave the Dogs the 7-0 lead.
From there it was all pitching for the Dogs. Haley polished off his outing, working the fifth and sixth in scoreless fashion. He did allow four Mets to reach over those two innings, but struck out a pair and picked up a 3-6-3 double play to wrap up his night.
Haley went the first six shutout innings and allowed five hits, a walk, a hit batter and eight strikeouts.
Wilfredo Boscan took over in the seventh and closed the game out with three scoreless innings. He earned the first save of the postseason for the Sea Dogs.
Peavey took the loss and lasted just two-plus innings. He gave up six runs, two earned on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two.