Portland, Maine – Jeremy Barfield hit a walk-off grand slam off of Justin Shafer and the Sea Dogs (38-43) defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (34-51) 8-7 on Thursday night at Hadlock Field. Barfield is the youngest son of former big leaguer Jesse Barfield.
Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Deiner Lopez and Mike Olt singled, then Rafael Devers walked to load the bases with one out. Facing an 0-2 count, Barfield sent a hanging slider from Shafer over the Maine Monster in left for the game winner – his seventh homer of the season.
Jake Cosart (3-2) earned the win after stranding the bases loaded in a scoreless ninth.
Trevor Kelly made his Double-A debut and worked 2.1 innings of relief, also getting out of a major jam in the eighth when the Fisher Cats loaded the bases with one out and only ended up with one run after Kelly induced a 4-6-3 double play from Ryan McBroom.
Conner Greene (ND) was excellent in the start for New Hampshire. Greene allowed three earned runs on nine hits and fanned six in the victory. He also tied a season low with just one walk. Sea Dogs’ starter Teddy Stankiewicz (ND) allowed six earned runs on a career-high-tying 12 hits in 5.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Tim Lopes set a new season high with four hits and two RBIs, extending his hit streak to nine games in the process. Guillotte had three hits and a walk and scored three runs, Urena reached base three times and scored twice while driving in two. New Hampshire had 15 hits including a season-high six doubles by six different players.
Jeremy Barfield finished with four hits, four RBIs, and two runs. Henry Urrutia, Chad De La Guerra, Cole Sturgeon, and Deiner Lopez each had two hits apiece.
However, Brock Holt finished 0-for-4 in his second straight game on rehab assignment from the Boston Red Sox.
Weekend Series Ahead
Portland opens a weekend series against the Reading Fightin Phils with a doubleheader Friday at Hadlock Field at 5 pm. LHP Trey Ball is scheduled to start for Portland in game one against RHP John Richy of Reading. Tickets can still be purchased online at SeaDogs.com or by phone at 879-9500.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 4:45 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 4:55 PM.