PORTLAND — Football whistles pierced the air all night from neighboring Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Just a reminder that the baseball season at Hadlock Field is nearing a close.

But the Portland Sea Dogs still have some good baseball left in them.

Portland rallied twice from deficits to come back and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-4 at damp Hadlock Field on Friday night.

Both Ryan Lavarnway and Luis Exposito contributed two-run hits, while Anthony Rizzo added a key RBI double.

“The big guys got the big hits with guys on base,” Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler said.


Ryne Reynoso (3-0) got the win with four innings of one-run relief.

The Sea Dogs (67-71) won their second straight, and fourth of five games.

“We’re getting after it,” Exposito said. “Even though we’re not going to the playoffs, we want to finish strong.”

And while New Hampshire (79-59), is headed to the Eastern League playoffs, the Fisher Cats and Sea Dogs are even in their season series, 8-8.

The two teams have three remaining games, beginning tonight at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Sea Dogs starter Kyle Weiland had another one of his encouraging outings, despite giving up three runs in the first inning.


Weiland allowed those runs on three groundball singles and a ground-rule bloop double that bounced into the visitors’ bullpen.

One of those singles was Darin Mastroianni’s grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias, who double-pumped his throw to first. Mastroianni then stole second. The Sea Dogs pitched out, but second baseman Nate Spears dropped the ball.

“We got Mastroianni out twice,” Beyeler said. “(Weiland) did a nice job. He minimized that inning a little bit and came back strong.

“He pitched well and has had a great season. It will be fun to watch him the next couple of years. He’s a pretty special kid with pretty special stuff.”

keeping his fastball down and using his curveball as an out pitch, Weiland retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced.

“His stuff was nasty,” Exposito said.


Portland tied the game with a three-run fifth — singles by Ryan Khoury and Che-Hsuan Lin, Iglesias’ sacrifice fly, Spears’ single, and Lavarnway’s two-run single to right.

Lavarnway, promoted to Portland on July 15, now has 35 RBI for the Sea Dogs, and 98 overall for the season.

New Hampshire scored once in the seventh for a 4-3 lead, but Portland came back with four in the bottom of the inning.

Juan Carlos Linares doubled, Lin singled and Spears hit a sacrifice fly.

Fisher Cats lefty Boomer Potts (2-2) intentionally walked Lavarnway to face Rizzo, and he doubled in Lin. Exposito followed with a two-run double and the 7-3 lead.

NOTE: The Sea Dogs made a series of moves Friday, putting outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (wrist) and reliever Ryne Miller (tendonitis) on the disabled list, while activating outfielder Matt Sheely, and welcoming reliever Kyle Fernandes from Class A Salem. Fernandes, 25, had a 3.68 ERA with 11 saves in Salem.


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