NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut — Aaron Wilkerson earned his third straight win, pitching five scoreless innings, as the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 4-0 Friday night in front 8,672 fans, the largest crowd in the history of New Britain Stadium.
Wilkerson, Madison Younginer and Kyle Martin combined on a three-hit shutout in the Eastern League baseball contest.
The game was delayed an hour and 20 minutes at the start, due to a fire engine tearing up the grass in left field.The fire engine was leaving the field after a pregame ceremony.
Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning off losing pitcher Matt Flemer (7-10). Aneury Tavarez doubled with one out and cruised home on a two-out double by Cole Sturgeon. Flemer worked five innings on four hits, one run and four strikeouts for New Britain.
Wilkerson tossed five innings, yielding two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. The righty leads the Red Sox system in strikeouts.
In the eighth, the Sea Dogs scored three runs off Tyler Ybarra. Sam Travis delivered a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Tim Roberson (3-for-4) and Carlos Asuaje nailed two-out RBI singles.
Younginer worked two perfect innings with two strikeouts. Martin pitched the final two innings, stranding two in the ninth.
Rock Cats first baseman Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies went 1-for-2 in an MLB rehab game.