TRENTON, NJ – The Portland Sea Dogs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning on their way to a 10-1 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night in front of 5,196 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the second inning, Sea Dogs catcher Michael Brenly singled home a pair to take a 2-0 lead. Mike Miller followed with another run-scoring single and after Marco Hernandez reached on a fielders choice; the bases were loaded for a second time. Jantzen Witte brought home a run with a single and Keury De La Cruz chased Caleb Smith from the game with an RBI double.
Smith (0-2, 11.37 ERA) allowed five runs on seven hits over 1.2 innings pitched, earning his second loss of the season.
The Thunder offense was held to just four hits by Portland pitching. Starter Michael McCarthy, who picked up his second win in three career starts against the Thunder, shutout the home team over five innings surrendering only four baserunners (two hits, two walks).
Portland added to their advantage in the sixth inning when Jantzen Witte (2-for-4, 3 RBI and a walk) singled home Miller and Brenly with his second run-scoring single of the game to make it 7-0 Portland.
The Thunder offense got their only run in the bottom of the sixth when Greg Bird plated Dan Fiorito with a RBI groundout.
Mike Miller (4-for-6 with 3 RBIs) finished off the scoring for the Sea Dogs with a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.
Greg Bird’s eight-game on-base streak came to a close on Saturday night with an 0-for-4 at the plate. Aaron Judge recorded his third extra base hit of the season with a double in the ninth inning and finished the game 2-for-4.
The Thunder will send RHP Luis Severino (0-0, 0.00) to the mound on Sunday in the series finale, the Sea Dogs counter with RHP William Cuevas (1-0, 1.80). The first 1,000 fans age 5-15 will get replica Brett Gardner jerseys upon entry to ARM & HAMMER Park on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled at 1:00pm.