PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs fell behind early, but battled back with a late rally and downed the New Britain Rock Cats 10-4 Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field for their fourth straight win.
The Sea Dogs (6-3) found themselves in a 4-3 hole as they entered the sixth, but took of advantage of a shaky Adrian Salcedo, plated six runs, and took a 9-4 lead into the late innings.
Blake Swihart began the rally with a one-out double and Sean Coyle was next to reach when a pitch hit him in the left arm. Mike Brenly stepped in and pulled a single through the hole on the left side that plated both runners and put the ‘Dogs in front for good at 5-4.
Salcedo (0-1) continued to struggle and gave up a double to left to Shannon Wilkerson that scored Brenly from first. After a Mookie Betts two-bagger made it 7-4, Carlos Rivero capped the inning with a bases-loaded, two-run single.
Former Binghamton University standout Mike Augliera started the game for the Sea Dogs. He worked seven solid innings to earn his first Double-A win.
Portland took a 1-0 lead in the first on Stefan Welch’s two-out double and a single by Rivero.
New Britain (3-6) scored four times in the third aided by a two-run throwing error. Daniel Ortiz and Kennys Vargas also had RBI singles.
Augliera (1-1) allowed the four runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Matty Ott and Michael Olmsted each worked a scoreless inning of relief.
New Britain starter Matt Summers went the first five innings and scattered the three runs and five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.