Sea Dogs on a roll, close out their series in New Britain
WRAPPING UP A DOMINANT SEASON SERIES: Tonight the Sea Dogs end a three-game series, and season series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…Portland has won 7 of 8, including 4 of 5 during a 6-game stretch against the Rock Cats…With the win yesterday, Portland improved to 12-6 against the Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have won seven straight series at Hadlock Field, and 12 of their last 13…Portland is 26-12 since the All-Star Break.
BULLPEN TOSSES 10 SCORELESS, SMITH DELIEVERS IN 15TH: Marquez Smith hit a two-run homerun in the top of the 15th inning to propel the Portland Sea Dogs over the New Britain Rock Cats 4-2 in the longest game of the season…Jeremy Kehrt took the hill and tossed the first five innings…He allowed two runs over the first three innings on five hits and two walks; he also struck out three…Bryce Brentz tied the game with a two-run single in the sixth…Portland ultimately won the battle of the bullpens…Chris Balcom-Miller, Caleb Clay, Ryan Pressly, and Brock Huntzinger combined to throw 10 scoreless innings in which they allowed four hits, three walks and tallied 13 strikeouts…The 15-inning affair was the longest game for the ‘Dogs since 4/16/2008 when they won a 17-inning game vs. Connecticut.
NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 28 games, the Portland ‘pen has allowed just 25 earned runs over 120.2 innings (1.87 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 242 of their last 292 IP (83%)…Since the break, they have a 2.80 ERA (105 ER/337.2 IP).
Longest home winning streaks in franchise history
- 12 straight, June 15-July 11, 1996
- 8 straight, August 2-17, 2012
- 7 straight, April 8-23, 1997
- 7 straight, April 18-May 6, 1995
Portland: Hazelbaker 9, Dent 4, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Gibson 5, Gentile 7, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-6, 5.16)
New Britain: Hermann 7, Hanson 4, Arcia 8, Colabello 3, Romero 5, Tosoni 9, Pinto DH, Rohlfing 2, De Los Santos 4, LHP Luke French (2-0, 1.64)
RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.