The New Britain Rock Cats squeeked by Portland on Wednesday, getting a nice start from right-hander Jay Rainville
, as the Cats picked up a 6-4 win. Over 6,500 fans witnessed the former top prospect go 5-plus innings, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, but ran out of gas late. Three relievers helped close it out, with Anthony Slama
notching his second save of the season, as New Britain ran their record to 4-8.
Former top prospect Matt Moses blasted a three-run home run in the second inning, and right fielder Rene Tosoni added his own two-run shot in the fourth, as they ran out to a 6-0 lead.
The Sea Dogs battled back, coming within two, but Slama was saved by a great play by Whit Robbins to nail down the victory. Robert Delaney was once again impressive in relief, tossing 1.2 innings of one-hit ball, striking out three, and saw his ERA dip to 1.69. It was his third hold of the season.
Other NotablesBrian Dinkelman had two hits from his second spot in the batting order, pushing his batting average over the .300 mark.
Moses now has six runs batted in this season, and his home run was his second. He is also batting over .300.
Not only did Robbins make a fantastic play to end the game, but he also had two hits, and scored twice.
Transactions: Joe Gaetti was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. In nine games this season, Gaetti was batting .139. To take his place on the roster, Brandon Roberts was restored to the roster. Roberts has been nagged by injuries the past few years, but did steal 50 bases for Fort Myers in 2006.
The New Britain Rock Cats delighted a midweek crowd of 6,482 by jumping out to an early 6-0 lead today over visiting Portland – before turning the game over to their bullpen corps - and sure-handed First Baseman – to secure the 6-4 victory at New Britain Stadium.
Rainville tossed five-plus innings on Wednesday.
Rainville notched his first win of the season.