July 3, 2013 - Eastern League (EL) - Portland Sea Dogs
(Portland, Maine) - Garin Cecchini went 3-for-4 with his first Double-A homer and Drake Britton (7-6) fired seven scoreless frames, leading the Sea Dogs (44-38) to a 7-0 win over the Trenton Thunder (41-43) on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field. Portland swept the three-game set over two days, and extended their winning streak to six.
Britton scattered seven hits on three walks and fanned three, beating Trenton for the second time in six career starts. The lefty induced four double plays and allowed only two fly outs.
With Portland leading 1-0 in the third, Cecchini blasted a two-run homer into the Portland bullpen off losing pitcher Zach Nuding
(2-10). The 'Dogs added three runs in the fourth inning on four consecutive singles. Heiker Meneses drove in his 24th run with a single to left field. Cecchini capped off his best game in Double-A, blooping a run-scoring single to left.
Nuding suffered his third loss to Portland, giving up 10 hits and six runs (five earned) over 4 IP.
Christian Vazquez knocked in the final run with a wall-ball double in the sixth. Shannon Wilkerson finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Miguel Celestino closed out the win with two scoreless frames, recording two strikeouts.
Portland earned their 8th team shutout, and picked up their first sweep at Hadlock Field since August 12-14, 2012 against the Altoona Curve. The Sea Dogs hold a four-game lead over Trenton for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division.
Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Drake Britton
The Sea Dogs open up a five-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Thursday night beginning at 6:00 from Hadlock Field. Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (4-4, 3.78) battles Right-hander Trevor May (6-5, 3.84).
Radio coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and via the Tune-In Radio app for smartphones and tablets.
Thursday is Fireworks night to celebrate July 4th at Hadlock Field. Tickets are available by calling 207-879-9500 or at seadogs.com.