New Britain Stadium, New Britain, CT: Ryan Mullins bounced back from his 0-5 start with a solid performance on the mound Friday night as the New Britain Rock Cats shut out the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston) 6-0. Mullins twirled five shutout innings giving up six hits, and striking out seven without walking a batter in the second game of a doubleheader.
Whit Robbins had a perfect game at the plate going 3 for 3 with a double and two singles while driving in one run. The 25 year old Georgia Tech product is now batting .314 with 15 RBI’s and 4 home runs. The Rock Cats attack also included two hits by Steve Tolleson and a three run home run by Matt Moses that put the seven inning game out of reach.
Relievers Robert Delaney and Anthony Slama followed Mullins’ crafty performance. Both pitchers were perfect in the remaining two innings, striking out a combined three hitters. Delaney and Slama are the reliable members of the Manager Tom Nieto’s bullpen, being the only relievers with an ERA below 2.60.
New Britain’s win snapped a seven game losing streak, including the first game of the twin bill which was the completion of Thursday night’s suspended game. In that game, the Rock Cats rallied from a 10-1 deficit with seven runs in the 7th and 8th innings, only to strand the tying runs on base in the ninth.
The Rock Cats look to continue their winning ways against Portland in another doubleheader on Saturday in a day/night, separate admission twinbill. The Rock Cats currently stand three games behind Portland, with three games left in the series. The Cats are looking to close the gap in the tightly contested Northern Division of the Eastern League, currently led by first place New Hampshire (Toronto).