PORTLAND, MAINE — The Portland Sea Dogs kicked off their season with an opening day split of an Eastern League doubleheader with the Reading Fightin Phils, winning game one 4-2 and dropping game two 9-0.
The Sea Dogs got a three-run home run from Keury De La Cruz off Reading starter Aaron Nola. After Reading plated a run in the top of the 2nd to cut the Sea Dogs lead to 3-2, Portland answered with an RBI single from Mike Miller.
Miller, making his AA debut, finished the twinbill 4-for-5 with a double, RBI, run scored and stolen base.
Sea Dogs starter Luis Diaz went four innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts, and received no decision. Jonathan Aro (1-0) picked up the win, going the final 3 innings, allowing just 1 hit while walking 1 and striking out 1.
Nola, the No. 2 prospect in the Phillies system according to “Baseball America,” got the loss. He threw 4⅔ innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 5 hits, while walking 1, striking out 2 and hitting 3 batters.
The Fightin Phils dominated game two. Jesse Biddle (1-0) picked up the win with an impressive performance, going 5 innings and allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.
Reading batted around in the third inning and knocked Sea Dogs starter Justin Haley (0-1) out of the game after just 2⅓ innings. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 3.
The Fightin Phils also sent 9 batters to the plate in the seventh inning iwth Brock Stassi and Roman Quinn each homering in the inning.