PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs scored first, but faltered in the finale of the season series, losing 4-2 to the Binghamton Mets Wednesday night at Hadlock Field.
The game got off to a loud start with each side tallying a homer in the first three innings. Sean Coyle put the Sea Dogs (66-38) on the board with a solo homer over the video board in left-center, off of Steven Matz, Coyle’s 12th of the season.
Mike Augliera took the hill for Portland and delivered two scoreless innings before Rylan Sandoval connected on a solo homer to center for the Mets (61-42) and tied the game at 1-1.
The homer was the beginning of the offense for the Mets as they went on to take the lead, scoring three runs over the next two innings against Augliera (4-9).
T.J. Rivera led off the fourth with a double and scored on Jayce Boyd’s single to center, making it 2-1 visitors. The Mets doubled their output with a pair in the fifth. Travis Taijeron doubled home Dilson Herrera and Rivera drove home another with a sacrifice fly to center.
Matz (4-1) weaved in and out of trouble over the next three innings following the Coyle blast. After going in order in the third, the Sea Dogs loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, against the left-hander. He battled back to strike out both David Chester and Michael Almanzar, ending the threat.
Portland cut it to 4-2 in the sixth on three singles. Ryan Lavarnway started the rally with a single to right and with one out, Michael Almanzar and Chester hit singles, the latter plating the lead runner and making it a two-run deficit.
Matz finished his outing with a perfect seventh. He allowed two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out four en route to his fourth victory of the season. Randy Fontanez pitched a scoreless eighth and Cody Satterwhite locked down his ninth save with a perfect ninth.
Augliera finished six innings and gave up the four runs on eight hits; he walked one and struck out seven. Dayan Diaz and Noe Ramirez notched three scoreless in back of the Portland starter.
The post-game fireworks show at Hadlock Field was postponed due to unsafe weather conditions that included lightning and high winds. The fireworks have been rescheduled for post-game on Thursday, July 31 when the Sea Dogs host the Trenton Thunder. The game time has been changed from a 7 p.m. start to a 6 p.m. start time to accommodate the fireworks.