Portland 4 at New Britain 8
W: R. Mullins (4-2, 3.04); L: C. Vasquez (0-1, 27.00)
HR: POR: Z. Daeges (1). NBR: D. Winfree (10).
Ryan Mullins picked up his 4th win of the 2008 season in part one of a split-game double header on Saturday afternoon at New Britain Stadium. Mullins allowed 4 runs - only one earned - on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 over six innings.
Brock Peterson's fielding error in the first allowed Jeff Corsaletti to reach from the lead off position in the first inning. A Iggy Suarez ground ball moved Corsaletti to 2nd. Zach Daeges then doubled in Corsaletti with Suarez ending up on 3rd. Mark Wagner would get taken out on strikes and Aaron Bates would pop out before a John Ottness ground ball to left allowd the pair of runners to come in, giving Portland an early three run lead.
David Winfree would homer in the bottom of the 2nd - this 10th of the season - to take back one run. After Matt Moses was taken out on strikes, Trevor Plouffe tripled, then came home on a Dustin Martin ground ball to cut the Dogs' lead to only one.
In the bottom of the 4th, Plouffe would take a walk, and Martin would be hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. Then pair then worked a double steal. Jeff Christy's sac-fly brought in Plouffe. Martin would then steal 3rd, just in time for Steve Tolleson's line drive to bring him in to put the Cats up by one.
Daeges homered in the top of the 6th to make tie the game up again, but New Britain would take advantage of Carlos Vasquez in the bottom of the stanza.
With one out on the board, Plouffe and Martin hit back-to-back singles. Christy would reach on a fieldign error by Andrew Pinckney which also allowed Plouffe to score. Tolleson's grounder to center field allowed Martin and Christy to score. Tolleson would advance to 2nd on the throw, which worked out well as Erik Lis doubled to bring him in. Giving the Rock Cats a four run lead.
Zack Ward finished up the game, allowing on 1 hit in the final inning. Luke Hughes saw his 17-game hitting streak snapped, as he went 0-for-4 at the plate, with one strike out.
Tolleson was 4-for-4 with 1 run and 3 RBIs in the lead off slot. Plouffe and Martin were both 2-for-2, Plouffe with a walk and 3 runs and Martin with 2 runs and 1 RBI for the Rock Cats.
The two teams play an evening game, starting at 6:35 PM Eastern Time.
Portland 6 at New Britain 2
W: T. Hottovy (1-0, 3.60); L: J. Miller (1-1, 3.94)
HR: POR: A. Bates (2). NBR: B. Peterson (4).
The Portland Sea Dogs rocked the New Britain Rock Cats 6-2, in Saturday's night cap. Portland would get to New Britain starter Jason Miller in the top of the second when Zach Daeges walked. He would be caught stealing however, so when Andrew Pinckney doubled, there was no one on base for him to drive in. No problems there, Ryan Khoury singled Pinckney in for the first run of the contest.
In the top of the 4th with two outs on the board, John Otness would be hit by a pitch. He then advanced to second on a called balk. Pindkney would take a walk, and Khoury would double hin the pair. That finished it for J-Mill, who turned the mound over to Jay Sawatski. Mickey Hall's grounder to right brought in Khoury giving the Dogs 3 more.
An Erik Lis single followed by a Brock Peterson home run provided the offense for the Cats in the bottom of the stanza.
The Boston farm club however wasted no time taking it back as Jeff Corsaletti singled out to center, then stole 2nd base. Aaron Bates would then put one over the fence to give the Dogs their bone.
Lis and Peterson both finish up 2-for-3 with a run, Peterson with 2 RBIs. Dustin Martin was 2-for-3 as well, but did not factor into the scoring.
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