NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Left-hander Brian Johnson shattered his previous career-high in strikeouts, fanning 12 on Friday night, as the Sea Dogs beat the New Britain Rock Cats, 1-0 at New Britain Stadium. Johnson gave up just one hit, an infield single to Stephen Wickens in the third.
Sean Coyle knocked home the lone run, delivering a sacrifice fly in the third inning to plate Shannon Wilkerson for Portland (67-39). Right-hander Adrian Salcedo (1-7) made the spot-start for left-hander Jason Wheeler, who was promoted earlier in the day to Triple-A Rochester. Salcedo took the loss, giving up one run on three hits over three innings for the Rock Cats (51-53).
Righty Noe Ramirez converted his 11th straight save, firing two scoreless frames on a walk and one strikeout.
Johnson (9-2) was dominating from the start, retiring the first 8 batters, until DH Kyle Knudson reached on an error and Wickens had an infield single. The lefty would retire the next nine batters, and pass his previous high of eight strikeouts with a strikeout of Wickens in the sixth.
Johnson escaped his only jam in the seventh inning, recording his 12th strikeout with two runners on base.
Blake Swihart went 3-for-4, improving his average to .304, and picking up his 29th multi-hit game of the season.
New Britain used five relievers and stranded eight runners, holding Portland 0-for-7 with runners-in-scoring position.