Wednesday, March 12, 2014
All those home runs were enough as the Sea Dogs beat Altoona 9-8 Thursday afternoon at Hadlock Field.
If you missed the last blog, Portland overcame a 6-0 deficit by scoring nine runs on five home runs.
Anthony Rizzo was the big hitter with two homers, including a grand slam. He finished the day 3-for-4 with five RBI, and is now batting .276 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI.
Remember, Rizzo was not promoted until May 10. And he still is among the leading home run hitters for a season since Portland became a Red Sox affiliate in 2003 (and the left field Monster was built). Jeremy Owens hit 21 in 2003, and Mike O'Keefe hit 19 in 2004, but they played full seasons in Double-A.
Counting Rizzo's time in Single-A this year, he leads all Red Sox minor leaguers in home runs (23) and RBI (87). Among the RBI leaders, Ryan Lavarnway is second (86) and Luis Exposito is third (84).
Rizzo turned 21 on Aug. 8.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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