After splitting their four-game weekend series with the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder, the Sea Dogs were swept in three games by another New York affiliate, the Binghamton Mets.
New England Patriots’ hero, Malcolm Butler, attended the series opener on Monday night, throwing out the first pitch, and was available to the fans for pictures and autographs. The game, however, was suspended after two innings due to inclement weather and resumed as part of a double-header on Tuesday.
Luis Diaz got the start in the opener, allowing two earned runs on a single hit and three walks over two innings. Jonathan Aro took the mound when play resumed on Tuesday, taking the loss after allowing seven runs, six of them earned, on six hits and a walk.
The Sea Dogs scored seven runs on RBI hits by Oscar Tejeda, Kevin Heller and Jantzen Witte, but that was not enough against the Mets’ 11-run attack.
Mike Augliera took the loss, bringing his record to 0-4 on the season, in the second game of Tuesday’s double-header, lasting only 3 1/3 innings while allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and a base on balls. The Sea Dogs’ lone run in the 7-1 loss came on a strikeout and wild pitch by Mets’ pitcher Beck Wheeler, allowing Reed Gragnani to score from third.
Portland dropped the third and final game of the series by a score of 8-3 on Wednesday night, with Sea Dogs’ starter Mike McCarthy taking the loss to bring his record to 2-2. McCarthy allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over four complete innings.
Portland took their only lead of the game in the bottom of the first inning on a run scoring wild-pitch by Mets’ starter Rainy Lara, allowing Mike Miller to score. First baseman Jantzen Witte followed that up with an RBI ground out to give the Sea Dogs a 2-1 lead going into the second. Portland’s catcher, Luis Martinez, added an RBI double which drove in Keury De La Cruz in the fourth, but that was all the offense the Sea Dogs could muster.
The Sea Dogs will have an off-day Thursday, before resuming play in Reading, PA against the Fightin’ Phils on Friday night at 7:05 PM.