Portland, Maine – The Sea Dogs (44-50) were propelled by a season-high five home runs, as Portland beats Hartford (44-51) 12-6 in the series opener on Thursday night at Hadlock Field.
The win ended the Sea Dogs’ five-game losing streak and also ended the Yard Goats’ six-game win streak.
Hartford got off two a hot start on a solo homer by Max White on the second pitch of the game by Elih Villanueva. Two batters later Drew Weeks homered to make it 2-0 ‘Goats.
Portland quickly responded in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Chad De La Guerra off of Parker French.
Jordan Procyshen hit an opposite-field three-run homer in the second to extend the ‘Dogs lead to 5-2, then Portland brought all nine to the plate in a six-run third. Mike Olt hit a three-run homer, Procyshen pulled a RBI double down the right field line, then Danny Mars hit a two-run blast to make it 11-2.
Parker French (7-8) went 2.2 innings and allowed 11 runs on nine hits. In two starts against Portland this year, French has allowed eight home runs.
Hartford started to climb back, adding a run in the fourth and three more on a home run by Stephen Cardullo in the fifth to cut the deficit to 11-6.
Villanueva (4-3) allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings while walking one and striking out five in the victory. Josh Smith (three innings) and Jake Cosart (one inning) combined to pitch the final four innings and did not allow a hit.
Jeremy Barfield hit a solo homer in the sixth off of Troy Nieman to make it a 12-6 ballgame.
All nine Sea Dogs had at least one hit. Olt finished a triple shy of the cycle while De La Guerra, Barfield, and Procyshen each had two hits apiece.
The Road Ahead
Portland and Hartford play a doubleheader Friday at Hadlock Field, first pitch in game one is scheduled for 5:00 PM.
Radio coverage on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network begins at 4:45 PM. MiLB.TV starts at 4:55 PM.