Sunday, May 25, 2008

Portland "Rained" out, 6-3

New Britain Rock Cats,Fort Myers Miracle

New Britain 6 at Portland 3

W: J. Rainville (4-5, 6.61); L: K. Johnson (3-2, 3.40); SV: B. Julianel (8)
HR: POR: A. Bates (4).

Jay Rainville is back, ladies and gentleman! For the second straight outing Rainville dominated, this time limiting the Portland Sea Dogs to 2 hits and 3 walks over six innings while fanning 3.

Meanwhile, Luke Hughes led the New Britain Rock Cats offense going 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk, 2 runs and 2 RBIs.

The Cats would get on the board first, in the bottom of the 3rd. With 2 outs on the board, Steve Tolleson, Matt Moses and Hughes all hit singles which plated Tolleson.

Hughes would walk in the top of the sixth, and move to second on a wild pitch by Kris Johnson. An Erik Lis ground ball single saw Hughes to 3rd, and he'd come hom on a David Winfree double.

The top of the 7th would be a big inning for New Britain, as Jeff Christy doubled and Tolleson singled. Moses walked to load the bags. A fly ball single by Hughes plated Christy and Tolleson, and Lis sacrificed in Moses. Winfree would ground out, moving Hughes to 3rd. and Trevor Plouffe would be intentionally walked. Dustin Martin's fly ball single to right brought in Hughes to give the Cats a 6-0 lead.

Southpaw Kyle Aselton replaced Rainville on the mound for the bottom of the 7th. Ryan Khoury doubled off him, a line drive to left. Mickey Hall took a walk. Iggy Suarez's line drive plated Khoury, while Jeff Corsaletti's single brought in Hall.

Zach Ward replaced Asleton for the bottom of the 8th, allowing a home run to Aaron Bates, his 4th of the season. That would be it for the Dogs though, as the Cats got themselves a big win, right when they needed it.

Tolleson and Lis were both 2-for-4 in the contest, Tolleson with a walk and 2 runs and Lis with a run scored.

Ben Julianel worked the 9th inning to pick up the save, his 8th of the season.

More Cats and Dogs on Monday at Hadlock Field, with the first pitch going out at 1:00 PM.

Rock Cats
Sea Dogs

I told Jeff Manship I wasn't taking any more pictures of him and he said "Never? Not ever?"

"Well, I was looking through the photos from last year," I explained, "and it's all Jeff Manship-Jay Rainville, Jeff-Manship-Jay Rainville, Jeff Manship-Jay Rainville. I mean, did we have anyone else in the pitching rotation?"

"Zach Ward," he laughed, "but he only pitched three innings a game."

"Errol Simonitsch," I offer.

"SIMONitsch," he corrects. Evidently one of those words with various pronunciations.

"Simo," I settle on.

"Yeah, Simo," he agrees. "And Waldrop."

"Oh yeah, Whining Wally," I said. "I forgot about him."

"Whining Wally?"

"Yeah, when he came back down all he did was complain about everything. He was on the whinny side to start, but they taught him AA level complaining in New Britain."

He was, he was being a real sissy pants.

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