Sea Dogs drop another on the road


NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut shortstop Jake Wald’s tough defensive play in the eighth inning helped the Defenders preserve a 4-2 win over the Portland Sea Dogs in the Eastern League Friday night.

With runners on first and second and one out, Wald fielded a sharp grounder up the middle off the bat of Jeremy West.

Wald then flipped the ball with the glove hand while on his back behind second base to Derin McMains, who completed the double play with a strong throw to first.

Matt Palmer (1-0) picked up the win in relief with two scoreless innings. He allowed a hit with one strikeout. Joe Bateman retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save of the year.

Jason Frederick (0-1) suffered the loss when he allowed two runs on a hit in the sixth inning.

Connecticut (2-0) scored four runs in two innings. McMains’ RBI double in the sixth scored the game’s first run. He later scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Wald had an RBI double in the seventh and later scored on a Clay Timpner double to make it 4-0.

Portland (0-2) threatened to erase that lead when it scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by David Murphy and Dusty Brown.

The Sea Dogs committed three errors, two in the seventh inning.

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