Saturday, March 8, 2014
Portland Sea Dogs starter Alex Wilson pitched a one-hitter over five innings Sunday, while striking out a career high eight. But Wilson did not factor into the decision as the Sea Dogs beat Trenton 7-6 in 11 innings.
The Portland bullpen gave up a 2-1 lead, but Portland came back to lead 5-4 in the ninth.
Then Matt Cusick homered off of Ryne Lawson to tie the game.
Trenton went ahead with a run in the 10th, but Nate Spears homered for Portland to tie it, 6-6. Spears was supposed to get the day off but entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth.
Sea Dogs reliever Daniel Turpen (7-5) shut down the Thunder in the top of the 11th.
In the bottom of the inning, Matt Sheely put down a bunt single. Catcher Rene Rivera tried to make the throw to first and, and threw it into right field, advancing Sheely to second.
Jose Iglesias grounded a single to left field. Sheely initially held up at third but the ball was bobbled in the outfield and Sheely took off for home, beating the throw with a head first slide.
The Sea Dogs go on the road for seven games, and then return to Hadlock for their last home stand, starting on Aug. 30.Tweet
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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