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Sea Dogs tip Fisher Cats in 10
Fisher Cats' A.J. Jimenez waits for the ball as Portland Sea Dogs' Peter Hissey scores in the second inning at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, on Friday, in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Coyle ripped a Randy Boone pitch into the left field corner for a two-out, run-scoring double in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Sea Dogs to a 4-3 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The Fisher Cats, who broke an 11-game losing streak on Thursday night, fell to 16-31.
Stephen Drew was a no show and Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero were back at their middle infield posts as the high-flying Sea Dogs made their first stop of the season in Manchester.
He’s expected to spend the weekend in Greenville and play three games for the Drive and then move on to either Portland or Pawtucket.
Betts played several games in center field this week and the plan is to have him play both in the infield and outfield. He was 0-for-5 against the Fisher Cats.
Coyle also had the first hit of the night and scored the first run.
Coyle, who was hitting .316 when he went on the disabled list on May 2, replaced Michael Brenly on the active roster. Brenly went on the disabled list.
The Sea Dogs rallied for a two-out run in the third for a 3-0 lead. Henry Ramos and Blake Swihart singled and Ramos scored when Coyle reached on a fielding error on third baseman Andy Burns.
New Hampshire tied it in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Nashua’s Kevin Nolan was hit by a pitch and after a fly out, Matt Newman singled. Kenny Wilson lined a shot to right field and ended up with a two-run triple when Henry Ramos dove in an attempt to make a play and the ball got behind him.
A COUPLE of top prospects square off in Game 2 of the series tonight at 7:05. Left-hander Henry Owens (4-3 with a 3.22 earned run average) goes for the Sea Dogs against righty Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 2.98). The web site soxprospects.com lists Owens as the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox organization. . . . The other matchups for the weekend have Portland lefty Brian Johnson (3-0, 2.01) against righty Deck McGuire (3-4, 2.98) on Sunday at 1:35 and Portland righty Keith Couch (6-0, 2.39) against righty Scott Copeland (3-4, 4.44) on Monday, also at 1:35. . . . After this weekend, the Sea Dogs visit Northeast Delta Dental two more times this season. They are in for four games from July 17-20 and three from August 22-24.