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New Britain Walks-Off 7-6 Over Portland

April 24, 2012
Portland, Maine - The New Britain Rock Cats (13-6) plated five in the seventh and notched another in the ninth to walk-off 7-6 over the Portland Sea Dogs (5-15) Tuesday night at New Britain Stadium.

The Rock Cats trailed 6-1 heading into the seventh inning and took advantage of the Portland bullpen after starter Billy Buckner left the game. With two outs in the frame, Jeremy Kehrt allowed a walk and two singles to the bottom three hitters of the New Britain lineup. Aaron Hicks plated a run on a single, Chris Herrmann walked and picked up an RBI, and Evan Bigley pulled the 'Cats within one on an RBI single.

Chris Colabello completed the comeback with a two RBI single up the middle and ended Kehrt's night on the mound. Will Latimer came on in relief and allowed the leadoff man to reach in the ninth before being lifted for Josh Fields. Fields allowed a double to Nathan Hanson that plated the game-winning run for New Britain. The loss was charged to Latimer (1-2).

Buckner spun a beauty and put the Sea Dogs in a position to pick up their second win in a row. The righty allowed a homerun in the first inning to Herrmann, but rebounded to finish six innings of three-hit baseball, walked one, and struck out 11 New Britain hitters.

The offense for Portland continued to click early in the game and scored all six runs in the first three innings. Jeremy Hazelbaker scored the first run on a Kolbirn Vitek double play in the first inning. Oscar Tejeda put the 'Dogs up 2-0 with an RBI double that plated Reynaldo Rodriguez. In the second, Ronald Bermudez hit a solo homerun to left, and Tejeda followed suit in the third with a two run homer in the third. Hazelbaker capped off the scoring for Portland with an RBI single in the third that put Sea Dogs up 6-1.

Logan Darnell began the game on the mound for New Britain, but suffered his second poor start in a row. Darnell couldn't make it past the third and allowed all six runs on eight hits, he walked four and did not strike out a batter. The bullpen behing the lefty was near-perfect. Two hits over the next six frames was all the Sea Dogs bats could muster against a trio of the Rock Cats' arms. Deolis Guerra (2-0) pitched the final two innings and earned the win in relief.

Hazelbaker extended his hit streak to eight games with a hit in the first inning. Rodriguez extended his streak of games in which he has reached base safely to 13 with a single in the first as well.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Billy Buckner 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 11K

The Sea Dogs wrap up their seven game road trip with the final game of a three game series against the New Britain Rock Cats, Wednesday Morning at 10:35 AM at New Britain Stadium. Portland will send right-handed pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller (1-2, 7.36) to the mound. New Britain will counter with lefty Luke French (2-0, 1.52). The Sea Dogs can be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs radio network with 95.5/95.9 FM WPEI serving as the flagship station.

The Sea Dogs will return home to Hadlock and host the Reading Phillies on Friday, April 27th at 6:00 PM. Tickets are available for all Sea Dogs' home games. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at