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Lugo Launches Long Ball in 5-1 Loss

April 10, 2024 - Eastern League (EL)
Portland Sea Dogs News Release

Reading Pennsylvania- The Portland Sea Dogs (0-3) drop game two of the series, 5-1 to the Reading Fightin Phils (3-2) on Wednesday night.

Matthew Lugo launched the first homer of 2024 for Portland while going two-for-four on the day. Phillip Sikes also recorded a multi-hit game going two-for-four at the plate.

Lugo ignited the scoring in the third inning with a leadoff solo shot to left center field. With the homer, Portland took the 1-0 lead.

Reading countered in the fifth inning bringing four runs home to score. Bryce Ball doubled on a line drive to right field to score William Simoneit before an RBI double from Jose Rodriguez brought Ball home to score. With Reading leading 2-1, a wild pitch along with a throwing error would allow Moore and Rodriguez to score. Reading extended the 4-1 lead.

Carson Taylor singled to left field in the bottom of the eighth and with Gabriel Rincones Jr. coming home to score, Reading continued to lead.

Portland threatened in the ninth after Sikes hit a two-out single. A walk by Lugo would put two runners on, however Tommy McCollum shut the door with a strikeout and Reading took it 5-1.

LHP Lachlan Wells (1-0, 1.80 ERA) earned the win after pitching 5.0 innings allowing one run on two hits while walking two and striking out one. The loss was issued to Portland starter RHP Isaac Coffey (0-1, 5.79 ERA) after pitching 4.2 innings allowing four runs on four hits while walking one and striking out six.

The Sea Dogs return to FirstEnergy Stadium tomorrow, April 11th for game three of a six-game series. First pitch for game three is slated for 6:45pm. LHP Zach Penrod will get the start for Portland while Reading will start LHP Matt Osterburg.

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