GAME STORY: Sea Dogs 5 Rock Cats 4 (Game 1)
(New Britain, CT) – Tony Thomas cracked a three-run homer and made a great diving catch, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-4 win over the Rock Cats in the twinbill opener. Portland snapped a six-game losing streak on the road and earned their 11th win against New Britain.
Trailing 2-0 in the third, Garin Cecchini (2-for-4, RBI) got Portland on the board with a run-scoring single. After a walk to Michael Almanzar, Thomas blasted an 0-2 pitch from B.J. Hermsen (1-7) over the left-center field wall, his 11th of the season, giving Portland a 4-2 lead. Thomas’ diving catch ended the fourth inning on a deep drive to LF by Danny Santana with a runner at second base. The Florida native leaped in the air, made a one-handed catch, and landed on the warning track.
Keith Couch (7-3) worked six strong innings on eight hits and four runs to earn the win for the ‘Dogs. Couch allowed two homers for the first time this season. Jordan Parraz blasted a two-run homer in the second, giving New Britain a 2-0 lead. Daniel Ortiz hit a one-out blast in the sixth for the final run of the game.
Hermsen took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits over 3.2 IP. Matt Hauser allowed Portland’s fifth run on Almanzar’s wall-ball single in the fifth.
Rafael Perez closed out the win with his third save of the season. Twins Top Prospect Miguel Sano drew a two-out walk, but Josmil Pinto flied out to end the game.