PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs recorded 17 hits, including a season-high seven doubles, and closed out the Eastern League baseball season with a 10-4 win over the New Britain Rock Cats Monday at Hadlock Field.
The Sea Dogs end with a 53-89 record. The game also was the last ever for the New Britain Rock Cats, who will move to Hartford in 2016 and become the Yard Goats.
A day removed from hitting for the cycle, Portland’s Manuel Margot went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, and a run scored. Margot finishes the season on a six-game hit streak, upping his average to .271.
Portland’s Aaron Wilkerson (W, 4-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings while Matt Flemer (L, 7-11) allowed nine earned runs on 15 hits in 4 ⅔ innings, tying a Rock Cats franchise record for hits allowed in a game.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third, the Sea Dogs sent nine batters to the plate and scored five runs on six hits off Matt Flemer. Carlos Asuaje hit a three-run homer and finished the season with eight home runs and a team-high 61 RBIs.
Portland added three more runs in the fourth on five more hits to take a 9-2 lead.
Jordan Weems had a season-high four hits, including two doubles and two RBIs. Weems raised his average from .177 to .224 with his 4-for-5 performance. All nine Sea Dogs had at least one hit, while six of nine scored at least one run and six of nine drove in a run.
The game was played in front of a crowd of 6,364 at Hadlock Field. A total of 368,291 fans came through the Hadlock Field gates this season, the third highest total in the Eastern League.