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Rock Cats Outlast Sea Dogs In Slugfest, Win 10-8

Mike Tauchman launched a home run in the Rock Cats victory. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Mike Tauchman launched a home run in the Rock Cats victory. (Gabe Rodriguez)

The Rock Cats knocked off the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday in New Britain by the score of 10-8. It was a high scoring affair that saw the two teams total 29 hits and 18 runs between them. The Rock Cats took two out of three from the Sea Dogs in the series after splitting a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Shane Carle took the mound for New Britain and didn’t fare very well. The former 10th round pick (2013) tossed 5.2 innings and surrendered 10 hits and five earned runs. He struck out three batters and didn’t allow a walk. The 23-year old righty still managed to get a win, raising his record to 3-0. He has a 3.26 ERA for the season.

Shortstop prospect Trevor Story had two hits. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Shortstop prospect Trevor Story had two hits. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Luis Diaz opposed Carle, and he was even less effective. The Venezuelan right-hander lasted just 4.2 innings and allowed seven runs to score (five earned) on nine hits. He punched out six hitters and allowed two free passes on the afternoon. The 23-year old saw his season ERA balloon to 5.14.

The Rock Cats offense was led by leadoff man Michael Tauchman who went 2 for 5 with a HR and three runs scored. Centerfielder Noel Cuevas added three hits, including a triple, and plated three runners. Rockies #13 prospect Trevor Story added two hits and scored a run as well. Five of the nine players in the lineup had two or more hits.

In a losing effort, the Sea Dogs outfield of Oscar Tejeda, Jonathan Roof and Blake Tekotte paced the offense, combining to go 7 for 13 with three RBI and three runs scored. DH David Chester pitched in with a long ball.

New Britain improved to 8-6 on the young season while Portland dropped to 5-8. The Sea Dogs head home to face off against Trenton on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 6:00PM ET. The Rock Cats travel to Richmond for a showdown with the Flying Squirrels at 6:35PM ET.

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Kirk is very knowledgeable of MLB's minor league system and brings a passion for writing about the stars of tomorrow. Kirk is also a contributing writer for MetsMerizedOnline and He is a native New Yorker and lifelong Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @KirkC_.

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