Friday, June 05, 2009

Sea Dogs Top Mets in Series Finale


C Mark Wagner’s 2-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning was Portland’s (27-26) lone hit as they rallied back to beat the Binghamton Mets (22-29) 3-2 on Thursday afternoon at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs were hitless for 7.1 innings until Wagner’s hit off losing pitcher RHP Julio De La Cruz (0-3). RF Reid Engel and CF Bubba Bell both walked and scored the tying and go-ahead runs for the ‘Dogs.

RHP T.J. Large (2-0) yielded 2 hits, fanned two over 1.2 IP and earned the win for Portland. De La Cruz suffered the loss for the second consecutive day, allowing 5 runs over 1.1 IP in the final two games of the series. The Sea Dogs, who took 3 of 4 from Binghamton, received six strong innings from starter RHP Adam Mills. The righty scattered three hits, one run, one walk, fanned three and retired 16 of 17 to start the game (15 straight after a 1st inning single). CF Emmanuel Garcia blasted a solo-homer off Mills in the sixth inning to tie the game at one.

RHP Eric Brown made the spot start for RHP Dylan Owen, who was demoted to High-A St. Lucie and hurled 7 hitless innings on three walks and five strikeouts. Brown allowed a first inning run on a sacrifice fly by LF Aaron Bates. The run was unearned due to a throwing error by C Salvador Paniagua on Bell’s steal of second base.

Binghamton took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning with a 2-out run that was charged to RHP Richie Lentz (1.1 IP, H, R, BB, 4 SO). LF Nick Evans’ RBI single scored SS Jose Coronado. The hit came off Large, who allowed one of two inherited runners to score.

Portland has matched their season-high win streak at three and hosts the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Friday night beginning at 7:00 PM. Catch all the action on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:35 PM with the CorrectDeck Pre-Game Show.

Notes…Bates’ 7-game hitting streak was snapped but he picked up his 38th RBI of the season (most in the Red Sox system)…Mills picked up his 2nd quality start of the season – his first at Hadlock Field…Portland was trailing in all three wins in the series – they led 8-4 in the opener but lost 10-8…Large’s ERA dropped 1.01 – the best among relievers in the Red Sox system.

Courtesy Portland Sea Dogs

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