Thursday, August 23, 2018

'Dogs drop a pair in New Hampshire, 4-2 and 6-4

Dalbec RBI in both games/Lopez 2 doubles in the nightcap
Manchester, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (71-55) swept a doubleheader from the Portland Sea Dogs (55-72) on Wednesday night, 4-2 and 6-4 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.


New Hampshire scored three times in the first inning and never looked back, holding on for a 4-2 win.

Taylor Saucedo (4-3) worked 5.2 innings on five hits and two runs to earn the win. Travis Bergen earned his seventh save by fanning three over 1.1 innings pitched.

Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Bobby Dalbec doubled home Michael Chavis, who started the rally with a two-out double.

New Hampshire answered quickly against Teddy Stankiewicz (L, 7-12), as the first five batters reached base. Cavan Biggio tied the game with a single and Harold Ramirez delivered a two-run single. Stankiewicz pitched a complete game in the loss, yielding seven hits and four runs.

The 'Dogs closed the gap on a sacrifice fly by Chris Madera in the third, but Max Pentecost hit a two-out homer in the fifth.


Deiner Lopez gave Portland a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the second inning, but New Hampshire scored six unanswered runs and held on for a 6-4 win.

New Hampshire scored three times in the second inning off Trey Ball (3-4) to take the lead for good. Santiago Espinal, Patrick Cantwell, and Andrew Guillotte had RBI hits. Ball, who made a spot start, yielded back-to-back RBI singles in the third to Espinal and Harold Ramirez.

Francisco Rios (1-4) worked two scoreless innings in relief of Josh DeGraff to earn the win for the 'Cats. Rios entered the game in the fifth inning with two on and nobody out. The lefty fanned Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec, Luke Tendler grounded out to first base.

Red Sox pitching prospect Darwinzon Hernandez made his Double-A debut for Portland, working the fifth inning. Hernandez hit two batters, walked one, fanned one, and allowed one unearned run.

In the seventh inning, the 'Dogs scored two on Dalbec's RBI single and a passed ball. Dusty Isaacs retired Jordan Betts to secure his second save of the season.

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) wrap up a three-game series on Thursday night beginning at 7:05 PM from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Lefty Matt Kent (9-8, 3.33) is on the hill for Portland. RHP Jon Harris (10-4, 4.49) makes a start for New Hampshire. Radio coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network. MiLB.TV starts at 6.55.

Portland's final homestand of the year is August 27-30, and tickets can be purchased at or 207-879-9500.

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