NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut — The New Britain Rock Cats hit eight doubles, and beat the Portland Sea Dogs 7-0 on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium.
New Britain (52-53) has won two of the first three games of the series, and concludes the series with Portland (67-40) on Sunday.
Rock Cats right-hander yler Duffey (7-2) earned his fourth straight win, tossing seven scoreless frames on five hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. Duffy earned his first win in three starts against Portland.
Righty Wilfredo Boscan (1-5) took the loss for the Sea Dogs, giving up six runs on 10 hits (season-high) over 4 ⅔ innings, but did fan seven.
New Britain’s Aaron Hicks reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double by Brandon Waring, down the left-field line in the second inning.
That combination would work in the fourth against Boscan. Kenny Vargas began the rally with a one-out double and scored on Hicks’ double. Waring followed with his second run-scoring double – both times plating home Hicks. In the same inning, Brad Boyer capped off the three-run inning with a run-scoring single.
Hicks delivered the knockout punch in the fifth inning, nailing a two-out, two-run double, and giving the Cats a 6-0 lead. New Britain added their final run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Matt Koch.
The Sea Dogs had just five hits and only back-to-back runners once – singles by Blake Swihart and Sean Coyle (2-for-3) in the first.