December 18, 2017
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Coyle, Spring power Sea Dogs to sweep of Fightin Phils

 

READING, Pa. — Sean Coyle and Matt Spring each drove in five runs, leading the Portland Sea Dogs to a 13-9 win over the Reading Fightin Phils on Sunday afternoon at First Energy Stadium.

With the win, the Sea Dogs (54-27) completed their first ever four-game sweep at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Spring and Reading’s Jake Fox provided the fans with an in-game home run derby. Both Spring and Fox homered twice and drove in five runs. Coyle finished the series with 11 RBIs.

Reading (33-45) hit five homers in the loss, receiving two from Kelly Dugan and Fox. Edgar Duran added a solo-homer in the sixth.

The Sea Dogs are 27 games over .500 for the first time this season and lead minor league baseball with a .667 winning percentage.

Derrik Gibson led off the game with a single, improving his batting average to .400 this month. With one out, Coyle nailed a run-scoring triple and scored on a single by Stefan Welch. Spring capped off the inning with a three-run homer to left-center field.

Reading responded in its first turn, cutting the deficit to 5-2 on a two-run shot by Fox. Spring would connect on his second homer in the third, giving the Sea Dogs a 7-2 advantage, but Fox responded with a three-run homer to dead center, bringing the Phils within two.

Portland put together its second five-run inning, knocking Ryan Demmin (1-2) out of the game after 3-plus innings. With the bases loaded, Colton Murray relieved Demmin, and allowed a bases-clearing double to Coyle. De La Cruz and Jonathan Roof added run-scoring hits.

Right-hander Mike McCarthy (7-3) earned his seventh win, despite giving up three homers. McCarthy worked five innings on seven runs, six hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

 


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