PORTLAND, Maine — The New Britain Rock Cats overcame an 8-3 deficit and rallied back to defeat the Sea Dogs 11-9 Saturday night in an Eastern League baseball game at Hadlock Field.
Portland committed a franchise record eight errors in the game. New Britain pitchers combined to walk 11. The Rock Cats stranded eight and went 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position, while Portland stranded 14 and went 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
All nine in the Sea Dogs lineup reached base, while eight of nine scored at least one run, six of nine had at least one hit, and six of nine walked at least once.
Sam Travis reached base in five of six plate appearances with an RBI double, three walks, a hit by pitch, and a stolen base. Manuel Margot went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored, and three stolen bases.
Tied 1-1 after an inning, New Britain scored twice in the second on RBI singles by Jan Vazquez and Tyler Massey.
Portland quickly answered in a big way in the bottom half of the inning. After Ryan Carpenter retired the first two batters of the inning, Forrestt Allday walked and Margot homered over the Maine Monster to tie the game 3-3.
It was Margot’s second homer of the season with the Sea Dogs. Portland would add five more runs in the inning thanks to a two-run single by Keury De La Cruz, an RBI single by Dustin Lawley, and RBI walks by Allday and Oscar Tejeda.
Portland scored seven runs on four hits and six walks in the frame and sent 13 men to the plate.
The Rock Cats slowly clawed their way back from the 8-3 deficit, adding a run in the fourth, a run in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth on a home run by Noel Cuevas to cut the Sea Dogs lead to 8-7.
Portland added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Margot, but the Rock Cats sent all nine to the plate in the eighth and scored four runs on four hits and two Sea Dogs errors to take an 11-9 lead.