PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs held a four-run lead in the sixth, but gave up seven unanswered runs and fell 8-5 to the Binghamton Mets in Game One of the Eastern League’s Eastern Division Championship Series at Hadlock Field.
The final five runs in the game scored by the Mets were unearned and Portland’s bullpen allowed the final six runs over two innings.
The Sea Dogs held a 5-2 lead, but the B-Mets charged back and tied the game with three runs against the bullpen in the eighth. Robby Scott was on the mound and gave up a leadoff double to Wilfredo Tovar and another to T.J. Rivera two batters later, which made it 5-3. Scott walked Brian Burgamy and his night came to an end on the mound.
Noe Ramirez was next out of the ‘pen and induced a ground ball to second, but Sean Coyle tossed the throw wide of the second base bag, allowing Rivera to score and Binghamton pulled to within 5-4. Darrell Ceciliani tied the game with an RBI sac fly.
Portland went quietly in the top of the ninth against Cody Satterwhite before Ramirez headed back to the mound.
Dustin Lawley struck out to begin the frame, but Mike Miller’s error allowed Xorge Carrillo to reach and Tovar singled to put two on with one out. Ramirez struck out Brandon Nimmo before Rivera stepped in and launched the first pitch he saw over the wall in left center for a walk-off, three-run homer.
The blast was his fourth hit of the night, and the three RBI brought his total to five for the game. Ramirez (0-1) took home the blown save and loss with his 1 ⅓ innings and all three runs against him were unearned. Scott allowed three runs, one earned, in his one-third of an inning.
Portland’s Brian Johnson and the B-Mets’ Tyler Pill each tossed two scoreless before Binghamton plated the first run of the postseason in the third.
Carillo and Tovar began the rally with a walk and single respectively against the southpaw. Two batters later, Rivera singled to left, plated Carillo and gave the home team the 1-0 lead.
On the other side, Pill retired the first 11 men he faced. Sean Coyle broke up the streak and crushed a 1-0 pitch from Pill over the wall in left for a game-tying solo home run.
Portland center fielder Rusney Castillo began the frame with his first Double-A base hit, an infield single to third against Pill. Mike Miller sacrificed him to second and Sean Coyle grounded out to third.
Castillo stole third during Keury De La Cruz’s at-bat before the left fielder looped a single into left and gave the Sea Dogs the 2-1 lead. The inning continued with a Carson Blair single, which put runners at the corners with two outs for David Chester.
He got a high fastball from the Mets’ starter and crushed a laser beam over the wall in left for a three-run shot, which gave Portland the 5-1 lead.
Binghamton began to chip away at the four-run deficit and scored a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth against Johnson. Rivera knocked a one-out double to left-center and scored two batters later on an RBI single by Jayce Boyd.
Johnson’s night came to an end after seven strong innings. The lefty allowed just two runs on six hits, a walk and eight strikeouts. Pill went 5 ⅔ innings and allowed five runs on six hits, two walks, a hit batter, and four strikeouts.