June 23, 2018
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Couch, Betts help Sea Dogs sweep Thunder

TRENTON, N.J. — The Portland Sea Dogs completed a doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 win over the Trenton Thunder on Saturday night at Arm and Hammer Park.

Portland has won the first three games of the series and closed out their best May in franchise history at 23-10. Earlier in the day, the Sea Dogs won 9-4 behind Keith Couch’s sixth career complete game and 4 RBIs from Mookie Betts

With the Sea Dogs trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning, Bo Greenwell began the rally with a one-out walk. Mookie Betts (3-for-4) picked up his sixth hit of the doubleheader, a double down the left-field line to advance Greenwell to third base. With the infield drawn in, Deven Marrero delivered a two-run single to center field for the game-winning hit.

In Trenton’s seventh, Rob Refsynder led off the inning with a double off Noe Ramirez. Dan Fiorito sacrificed Refsnyder to third base. Ramirez didn’t lose his composure, fanning Yeral Sanchez and retiring Carmen Angelini on a foul out to right field to preserve the win. Ramirez made it 6-for-6 in save chances.

Mike McCarthy (4-2) was excellent for Portland in his first appearance since May 19th. The righty gave up two singles in the first inning with two outs and went on to retire the next 14 batters. In the sixth, Trenton took a 3-2 on a two-out single by Tyler Austin and a two-run homer from Gary Sanchez. McCarthy earned the win, picking up his fourth quality start of the season. His final line was 6 innings on five hits, three runs, no walks and three strikeouts.

Fred Lewis (0-2) took the loss for Trenton, allowing two runs on two hits over two innings. Starter Jeremy Bleich pitched the first 5 innings, yielding six hits and two runs.

Portland grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning, scoring both runs with two outs. Betts began the rally with a single and scored on a double by Marrero. Stefan Welch plated home the second run on a single.


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