Cats rally late, top Dogs in series finale


The Portland Sea Dogs finished up a four game stay in New Hampshire with the fisher cats. In Sunday's game, Portland led 2-1 in the ninth, but New Hampshire rallied late and walked off with the 3-2 win.

The Fisher Cats took the series three games to one. The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field for a three game stint with Binghamton beginning Monday night.

From the Sea Dogs:

Pinch-hitters Andy Fermin and Matt Newman both drew walks for the 'Cats against the righty with two down in front of the top of the order. Dalton Pompey was next and shot an RBI single to right that plated Fermin and tied the game.

Jon Berti followed and took a single to left field, which scored Newman and ended the game, 3-2 in favor of the home team.

Both teams wasted no time and jumped on the board with a run apiece in the first frame.

Portland tallied their run, with two down, against the New Hampshire starter Casey Lawrence. Sean Coyle reached with a single through the hole on the right side and scored on a Dave Chester double down the line in left. Coyle scored with ease as he was off on hit-and-run and made it 1-0 'Dogs.

New Hampshire responded with an unearned run in bottom half of the inning against Portland's Brian Johnson and tied it at 1-1. Pompey began the game with a knock to right, which Shannon Wilkerson couldn't handle cleanly, and the runner ended up at third with a single and two-base error. Jon Berti followed with a groundout to third and Pompey scored to tie it up.

The game remained even until the Sea Dogs slid in front with a run on three hits in the fifth. Ryan Dent stroked a double to left, was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Wilkerson's single to right field making it 2-1.

Johnson settled in after the first and retired nine in a row before Berti broke up the streak with a leadoff single in the fourth. Johnson faced the minimum in the frame thanks to Mike Brenly, who gunned down the runner attempting to steal second.

The southpaw threw a lot of pitches over his final two innings as the Fisher Cats loaded the bases with one down in the sixth. Johnson got Hobson to pop out to second on a first pitch fastball and Michael Crouse grounded out to end the threat and kept it a 2-1 Portland advantage.

Dayan Diaz took over for Johnson and made his Sea Dogs debut in the seventh inning. The righty gave up a leadoff single to Jack Murphy, but retired the next three men in order. In the eighth, Diaz gave up two base runners, but induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. Kurcz (2-2) was charged with both the blown save, his second, and the loss.

Lawrence was equally as good as Johnson for New Hampshire. The righty gave up the two runs but went eight innings and retired the final eight men he faced in order. Dustin Antolin (4-4) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth.


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