NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — New Britain Stadium was tinted in green for Irish Night, but the Portland Sea Dogs put a Taiwanese spin on the ballgame.

Che-Hsuan Lin and Chih-Hsien Chiang combined for seven hits and had a hand in all three of Portland’s rallies Saturday night as the Sea Dogs used a six-run first inning to bury the New Britain Rock Cats 11-3 before a sold-out crowd of 7,082 at New Britain Stadium.

Portland (45-48) snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Rock Cats (28-66) failed in their bid to win three consecutive home games for the first time this year. The Sea Dogs had scored just seven runs in their previous three games.

“It was nice to come out and finally swing the bats,” Portland Manager Arnie Beyeler said. “We were getting a lot of guys on base and just not getting a whole lot going for nine innings. … Our guys had some good (at-bats), squared balls up and ran the bases. When you’re struggling a little bit, you turn up the aggressiveness.”

Lin, the center fielder and leadoff hitter, enjoyed his most productive game of the season, belting out four hits and drawing a walk in five plate appearances.

Chiang, the right fielder, reached base in four of his five at-bats on a double, two singles and an error. He scored two runs and drove in a pair.


They were both born in 1988 in Taiwan, but that’s where the similarities end.

“They’re totally different players,” Beyeler said. “Lin’s a big-time defender, can run a little bit, can really throw and he’s a pretty good hitter. He’s a table-setter, where Chiang’s more of a banger. He’s got a lot of pop in his bat, can really slash and the ball jumps off his bat. He used to be a second baseman and he’s learning to play the outfield.”

Others joined in the Sea Dogs’ 14-hit assault on five New Britain pitchers.

Newcomer Ryan Lavarnway, a top catching prospect, had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. Yamaico Navarro reached base in four of his five plate appearances with a double and three walks.

Anthony Rizzo had two hits and scored twice.

Sea Dogs starter Alex Wilson (2-2) made the most of his big lead by limiting the Rock Cats to two runs on six hits over 6 1⁄3 innings.

“He sat for about 30 minutes that first inning and to come out and just get through that first inning is what we were looking for,” Beyeler said.

“He did that and worked through some jams, but he was aggressive and used all his pitches.”

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