PORTLAND – The celebration was not complete Saturday, despite the Portland Sea Dogs’ 17 hits and an 11-3 rout of the New Britain Rock Cats before 6,464 at Hadlock Field.

Ryan Kalish paced Portland with five hits, but infielder Jose Iglesias, another Boston Red Sox prospect, could not applaud the effort, let alone take part in it.

Iglesias, considered Boston’s future shortstop, had to leave the game in the second inning when he was struck on the right hand by a fastball.

Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler said the ball struck Iglesias’ knuckle and the hand likely will have an X-ray today.

“We’ll let the swelling go down a little bit and then see how he is,” Beyeler said. “They (the trainers) don’t think anything is fractured right now. … Hopefully, it’s just bruised up. He’ll get looked at (today) and we’ll go from there.”

Iglesias’ teammates, meanwhile, enjoyed a pleasant 71-degree day at the ballpark.

Kalish had a solo home run to the right-field pavilion and a two-run double off the wall in right-center field. He also stole a base as he upped his average to .282 with seven home runs and 26 RBI.

After struggling a bit, Kalish is batting .333 (23 for 69) in his last 18 games.

“I’m just feeding off the energy in this clubhouse,” said Kalish, one of the team’s leaders. “I love this team.

“We all go through our struggles. It’s just nice to have guys in this clubhouse to pick you up.

“And, obviously, we’re always working on our swing. Some things feel real comfortable for me and I’m rolling with it.”

Other offensive standouts included third baseman Ray Chang, who went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer in the eighth inning; Nate Spears, who had two doubles and two RBI and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who had two RBI singles.

Starter Ryne Miller (2-3, 4.53 ERA) allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, walking three and striking out three. It was his second-best outing this year — he allowed one hit in six shutout innings in April against Binghamton.

Miller has been up and down this year. On Saturday, he mixed his fastball and curveball well.

“I pounded the zone with the fastball and got them swinging,” Miller said. “I just didn’t try to be too perfect, just wanted to throw strikes around the zone and let them hit it.”

The game actually featured a nice pitchers’ duel between Miller and New Britain’s Mike McCardell (0-5), who left in the seventh inning after walking Spears with the Sea Dogs ahead 2-0.

Rock Cats reliever Michael Allen got rocked for four hits, including Kalish’s double. Allen did not make it out of the inning and Portland ended up scoring six runs for an 8-0 lead.

Yangervis Solarte cracked a three-run homer to right-center off Sea Dogs reliever Eammon Portice in the eighth.

Chang matched that with his shot to left-center for an 11-3 lead.

NOTES: Kalish became the ninth Sea Dogs player to record five hits in a game. The last to do it was Jeff Natale in 2007. Natale, released by the Red Sox in the spring, is now playing in Triple-A for the New York Yankees. … Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland was in the clubhouse after the game. Westmoreland, 20, is recovering from brain surgery to remove a cavernous malformation, a condition consisting of abnormal blood vessels. “It was awesome to see him on the right track,” Rizzo said. … On Memorial Day, fans with tickets can play catch in the outfield at Hadlock from 10 to 11:15 a.m. 

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

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