Spring’s homer in 11th lifts Sea Dogs to fifth straight win

Posted April 22, 2014, at 11:14 p.m.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Portland Sea Dogs (12-4) needed a few more innings, but powered past the Binghamton Mets (9-7) 5-3 in 11 innings, Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton. The win marked the sixth straight and first extra-inning game of the season for the Sea Dogs.

The battle of the bullpens dipped into the 11th inning and saw the bottom third of Portland’s order scheduled to hit against righty Jon Velasquez, in his first inning of work.

Henry Ramos began the inning with a single and handed the reigns to Matt Spring who stepped in 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The ‘Dogs’ DH didn’t miss a 1-0 pitch from Velasquez (0-2) and put it over the fence in left for a go-ahead two-run homer, his first of the season.

Robby Scott went back out for the bottom of the inning to close it out for Portland. Scott (2-0) gave up a one out walk and two out single in his third inning of relief before he struck out Matt Reynolds looking to end the game.

Scott went the three scoreless frames for the win and gave up two hits, while he walked two and struck out three. On the night, the bullpen delivered 5⅔ shutout innings and struck out nine.

Mookie Betts wasted no time and began an early rally in the first with a single to left, which extended his personal on base streak to 45 straight games. After a throwing error and ground out moved Betts to third, Blake Swihart plated him with a single to left and gave Portland the 1-0 lead.

The advantage would be short-lived as the Mets responded in the bottom half of the frame. Reynolds singled with one out and was driven home from second on an RBI single by the catcher Kevin Plawecki to tie the game at 1-1.

The game was at a 1-1 standstill heading into the fifth, but it was in the top half where the Sea Dogs took another lead against Hansel Robles and the Mets. Shannon Wilkerson began the frame with a double and moved to third on a passed ball. After a Betts walk and stolen base, it was Deven Marrero that brought home the pair with a single to left and gave Portland the 3-1 lead.

Robles walked Travis Shaw, balked him to second and struck out Carlos Rivero before his night came to an end with two down in the inning. Cody Satterwhite was the first out of the ‘pen and struck out Blake Swihart to end the inning.

The Mets responded in the home half with another run of their own against Mike McCarthy. Cory Vaughn led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a 1-6-3 double play.

The Portland starter would be tagged for the tying run in the sixth on a single to center by Jayce Boyd, which plated Matt Clark, made it 3-3, and ended McCarthy’s night.

He went five and one-third innings and allowed the three runs, all earned, on seven hits; he walked two and struck out three before turning it over to Olmstead and the bullpen.

The Binghamton starter Robles went the four and two thirds gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits; he walked a career-high seven, and struck out five. The Mets bullpen was nearly as good as Portland’s as it compiled eight strikeouts over six and one-third innings.

The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play game three of their four-game series on Wednesday night beginning 6:35 PM from NYSEG Stadium. Portland sends RHP Keith Couch (3-0, 2.20) to the hill against Mets RHP Greg Peavey (0-1, 6.75). Radio coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and www.seadogs.com.

 

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