By Jim Toomey

May 29 (Portland, ME)

The Portland Sea Dogs improved to 35 – 18 on the season with a “nail biting” 2- 1 win over the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins) in a Wednesday afternoon game at Hadlock Field.

The ‘Cats had won the first two games of the series by scores of

9 – 8 and 4 – 2.

The Sea Dogs scored their two runs in the first inning on doubles by Stefan Walsh and Sean Coyle.

Lefty Henry Owens (6-3, 2.52 ERA) stymied New Britain over seven innings allowing 0 runs on just three hits. He walked only two while striking out five.

Owens threw 99 pitches; 66 for strikes.

Noe Ramirez retired the visitors easily in the 8th inning, but had to survive a scary 9th to get the save.

New Britain scored a run and had the tying and lead runs on the bases. The game ended on a wild double play with the runners being tagged out at third and second on a base hit to left.

The Sea Dogs head to Trenton to take on the Thunder (Yankees) for a weekend series.

They return home on Tuesday June 3 to begin a six game series featuring the Erie Sea Wolves (Tigers) and the Bowie Bay Sox (Orioles).

(Sea) Dog Bytes

  • Portland has a 4.5 game lead in the Eastern Division over the Binghamton Mets.
  • Two Sea Dogs were promoted to AAA Pawtucket this week.

1B Travis Shaw (.305, 11 HR, 37 RBI) and OF Shannon Wilkerson (.296, 1, 21) will get their first taste of the Minor Leagues highest level.

  • Travis Shaw’s Dad is former MLB pitcher, Jeff Shaw.
  • Deven Marrero continues to make plays at shortstop which are hard to describe with the written word. His batting average has dropped to .256 after hitting only .128 over the last ten games.
  • Mookie Betts, playing mostly CF, has “dipped” to .350 after hitting .212 over the same period.