PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs fell in their regular season finale 3-0 to the Harrisburg Senators Monday afternoon at Hadlock Field.
The Sea Dogs (88-54) will have a day off before beginning the first round of the Eastern League playoffs on the road against the Binghamton (N.Y.) Mets at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. They play again Thursday before heading back to Portland for the third game at 6 p.m. Friday. If-necessary games in the five-game series are set for Saturday and Sunday in Portland.
On Monday, Harrisburg pulled in front with an unearned run in the second inning against Luis Diaz. Former Sea Dog Oscar Tejeda began the inning with a walk and moved to second on an error to Sean Coyle, who dropped the ball on a tag with Tejeda stealing. Three batters later, Adrian Sanchez knocked him home with an infield single.
Two innings later, the visitors doubled up with another run. Tejeda hit a one-out single and again, Sanchez followed three batters later, plated the third baseman with an RBI fielder’s choice and Portland fell behind 2-0.
Righthander Paul Demny silenced the Sea Dogs over the first three innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out a pair.
James Simmons (3-4) was first out of the bullpen for Harrisburg and duplicated the effort from the starter, tossing three scoreless, allowing just two hits, and striking out one.
Diaz (3-4) pitched the first five innings for Portland and allowed the two runs, one earned, on five hits. He walked three and struck out three. Wilfredo Boscan pitched a scoreless sixth before Aaron Kurcz came on in the seventh.
He was greeted with back-to-back singles by the top of the order. Kurcz induced a fielder’s choice, but walked Jason Martinson to load the bases. Drew Vettleson cracked a single up the middle and upped the lead to 3-0.
Colin Bates pitched the ninth in scoreless fashion and picked up his third save of the season.