Portland, Maine- Mike Olt singled up the middle in the bottom of the 10th and the Sea Dogs (65-73) walked off 5-4 over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (58-80) on Saturday night at Hadlock Field.
Kender Villegas (2-4) walked Danny Mars to begin the bottom of the 10th with the score tied 4-4. After a sac bunt by Cole Sturgeon, Michael Chavis struck out, then Josh Ockimey was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Olt sent a Villegas pitch on the ground back up the middle to plate Mars and send 5,812 at Hadlock Field home happy.
Elih Villanueva (5-5) entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 10th and retired both batters he faced to escape a jam.
New Hampshire finished 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 men - 10 from the sixth inning on.
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the Sea Dogs strung together three straight one-out singles off of Jose Fernandez to plate a run and cut the deficit to two. Michael Chavis hit an RBI groundout to make it a one-run game, then Josh Ockimey grounded a ball to the hole that hit off of Gunnar Heidt for an infield single that tied the game 4-4.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the seventh, Gunnar Heidt reached on an error by shortstop Deiner Lopez to begin the inning. After a single by Alex Monsalve and a pop out, Henry Owens hit Jonathan Davis to load the bases. Owens struck out Andrew Guillotte for the second out, but then threw a wild pitch while facing Ryan Hissey to score Heidt for the go-ahead run. Hissey then hit a short pop up that fell between Mike Olt and Danny Bethea in the infield to plate another run and make it 3-1 'Cats. Jake Cosart entered the game and allowed a single to Harold Ramirez to put New Hampshire ahead 4-1.
Thomas Pannone (ND) lasted seven innings in his start for New Hampshire and allowed one run on just three hits while walking none and fanning seven.
Owens (ND) went 6.2 innings in his final start of 2017 and allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
Danny Bethea hit a solo home run for Portland in the second inning off of Pannone to account for the first Sea Dogs run.
The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play the penultimate game of the 2017 tomorrow at Hadlock Field at 1:00. RHP Kevin McAvoy (6-8, 4.31) goes for Portland against RHP Sean Reid-Foley (9-11, 5.08) of New Hampshire. Pregame coverage begins on the WPEI US Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network at 12:45 PM.
Tickets for the three remaining Sea Dogs' home games are available and can be purchased by calling 207-879-9500 or at SeaDogs.com.
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