- LHP Felix Doubront (8-5) hurled six quality innings on one run and LF Daniel Nava went 3-for-5, RBI in Portland's 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Mets (48-79) on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium in the opener of an 8-game roadtrip. The Sea Dogs (61-66) now trail New Britain by 4.5 games for the second playoff spot with the Rock Cats losing to the Connecticut Defenders.
The Sea Dogs received a hit from 8 of 9 starters and collected 13 safeties against three Mets' pitchers. Binghamton had only two baserunners after the fourth inning - both were walks and not one reached second base.
DH Jon Still gave Portland a 1-0 lead off losing pitcher RHP Eric Brown (5-14) in the fourth inning. With one out 3B Jorge Jimenez singled and scored on Still's 38th double of the season. Binghamton passed up a golden opportunity against Doubront in the fourth inning by loading the bases with nobody out. Doubront retired the next two batters but walked CF Emmanuel Garcia to tie the game at one.
Nava continued his hot hitting in Double-A, improving his average to .397 (25-for-63) with three hits and snapped a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning, plating SS Yamaico Navarro. Nava created Portland's final run in the eighth inning with a lead-off double. CF Ryan Kalish moved Nava to third base on a fly out and Jimenez ripped an RBI single to right field.
Doubront picked up his second win of August, scattering four hits, one run, two walks and three strikeouts over six frames. LHP Derrick Loop made his Double-A debut and retired five of six batters to notch a hold. Loop entered the game in the seventh and walked lead-off batter 1B Mark Kiger but picked him on a 1-1 count.
RHP Bryce Cox walked the lead batter in ninth inning but retired the final three on fly outs to secure his 10th in 13 opportunities.
Portland and Binghamton play game two of their series from NYSEG Stadium on Wednesday night beginning at 7:05 PM. Catch all the action on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:35 PM with the Pre-Game Show built by CorrectDeck.
Notes...In the third inning, Nava had a sacrifice fly taken away when Navarro tagged up too early...Cox became the 2nd Sea Dog this season to crack 40 or more appearances...The Sea Dogs finished the game 3-for-15 with runners-in-scoring position...Portland stole three bases: Anderson, Navarro and Suarez...Binghamton's pitchers walked only one batter and fanned nine.