TRENTON, N.J. — The Portland Sea Dogs (1-5) scored early and added five runs late to win 7-1 over the Trenton Thunder (2-3) on Tuesday night at Waterfront Park.
Chris Balcom-Miller took the mound for the Sea Dogs and picked up where he left off after his opening day start. The righty faced the minimum through the first four innings. He allowed two hits and a walk, but was bailed out by two double plays and a caught stealing. After he allowed a run in the fifth, Balcom-Miller (1-0) regrouped to face the minimum in the sixth and induced an inning ending double play to cap off his night on the mound.
The Portland offense backed their pitcher with two runs early in the ballgame. Juan Carlos Linares continued his hot hitting with a leadoff double in the first off of Trenton starter Craig Heyer. Kolbrin Vitek and Bryce Brentz reached to load the bases with no outs. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to right that plated Linares and gave the Sea Dogs the 1-0 lead.
Portland again manufactured a run in the fourth. Brentz reached on an error, was moved to third when Rodriguez and Dan Butler singled behind him. Jon Hee grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Brentz from third. Heyer (0-1) pitched into the fifth, but was lifted after reaching 75 pitches.
The Sea Dogs’ bats came alive once again in the eighth. Trenton committed three errors, which allowed Portland to hit around and score its final five runs, all unearned, in the frame. With the win, the Sea Dogs’ franchise worst 0-5 record to begin the season comes to an end.
The Sea Dogs and Thunder return to the diamond Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. for the finale of the three-game series. The Sea Dogs will send right-handed pitcher Chris Martin (0-1, 15.75) to the mound. Trenton will counter with righty Schaeffer Hall (0-1, 6.75). The Sea Dogs can be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs radio network with 95.5/95.9 FM WPEI serving as the flagship station.
The Sea Dogs will return to Portland for their home opener on Thursday at 6 p.m. against the Binghamton Mets.