The New Britain Rock Cats shook off their home rust, beating Harrisburg 2-1 with a walk-off single in the ninth. The Juan Portes hit knocked home Rene Tosini, leading to the first home victory of the season for the Rock Cats. The Cats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, but the Senators struck back with one of their own in the top of the sixth. New Britain starter Deolis Guerra pitched a solid seven innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out six. Reliever Chris Province picked up the win after coming in to get just one out in the top of the ninth. New Britain worked their overall record to 4-10.
In Trenton the Portland Sea Dogs took down the Thunder 3-2 after Lars Anderson and Ray Chang hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning. Robert Coello came on in relief of starter Eammon Portice to earn the victory. Coello tossed three near-flawless innings, striking out five batters and allowing only one walk, upping his record to 2-1 on the season. The win puts the Sea Dogs at .500, with a 7-7 overall record. Tomorrow night's battle of Future Red Sox vs. Future Yankees has Casey Kelly matched up against D.J. Mitchell on the hill.
The PawSox were the lone loss of the four New England MiLB teams tonight. They got beat up pretty good down in Lehigh Valley, as the Iron Pigs took advantage of 18 hits to wallop Pawtucket 12-2. Starter Fabio Castro gave up 5 earned runs over 3 innings and Ramon Ramirez did the same in only two innings of work. The PawSox end their nine game road trip with a record of 3-5. They start an eight game homestand tomorrow night against the Buffalo Bisons, with Michael Bowden expected to get the starting nod for the Sox.