Rock Cats snap Sea Dogs’ four-game winning streak

Posted April 13, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs were seeking their first four-game sweep at Hadlock Field since 2010 on Sunday, but the New Britain Rock Cats (4-6) prevented that feat, beating Portland 6-3 in a Double-A baseball game in front of 4,847 fans.

The Sea Dogs (6-4) had their four-game winning streak snapped, but took three of four in the series against New Britain (4-6).

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin (1-1) earned his first victory in the Twins system, tossing six innings on four hits, two runs (one earned) two walks and three strikeouts.

New Britain built a 3-0 lead off losing pitcher Mike McCarthy (0-2).

Nate Hanson led the Rock Cats 12-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Hanson put the Cats on the board in the first inning with a run-scoring double. He added a two-out RBI single in the fifth.

McCarthy worked five innings, yielding five hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts.

The Rock Cats did more damage in the sixth, scoring twice.

Portland scored in the sixth, plating two off Gilmartin. Derrik Gibson, who finished 3-for-3, scored on a double by Mookie Betts. Betts stole third and then scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

On Saturday, the Sea Dogs fell behind early, but battled back with a late rally and beat the Rock Cats 10-4.

The Sea Dogs found themselves in a 4-3 hole as they entered the sixth, but took of advantage of a shaky Adrian Salcedo, plated six runs, and took a 9-4 lead into the late innings.

Blake Swihart began the rally with a one-out double and Sean Coyle was next to reach when a pitch hit him in the left arm. Mike Brenly stepped in and pulled a single through the hole on the left side that plated both runners and put the Sea Dogs in front for good at 5-4.

The Sea Dogs continue their homestand at 6 p.m. Monday, opening up a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets. Top pitching prospect Henry Owens (2-0, 0.00) gets the start for the Sea Dogs against Greg Peavey (0-0, 4.50).

 

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