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Late Offense Not Enough against Portland

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Portland, ME -

Portland starter Mike Shawaryn fired seven strong innings and his offense backed him with 13 hits to send the Sea Dogs past the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 8-2, on Saturday night at Hadlock Field.

Shawaryn opened his third start of the season against Binghamton by cruising through three scoreless innings. The righty needed just 28 pitches to set down the first nine Rumble Ponies he faced.

The Sea Dogs supported Shawaryn with an early offensive burst against Binghamton starter Scott Copeland. Josh Ockimey shot an RBI double down the left-field line to put Portland on the board in the first and Luke Tendler launched a two-run homer in the second.

Trailing by three, Binghamton finally got rolling in the fourth when Shawaryn walked the first two batters of the inning. Kevin Taylor put Binghamton on the board with a groundout and Joey Terdoslavich made it a one-run game by skipping a two-out RBI single up the middle.

With their lead trimmed to one, Portland answered back with five unanswered runs. The Sea Dogs sent eight hitters to the plate in the fourth and stretched their advantage on an RBI single by Jeremy Rivera and a bases-loaded walk by Ockimey. Copeland allowed two more hits in the fifth before being chased from the game.

The Sea Dogs cashed in on a pair of Rumble Ponies errors for a run in the sixth and tacked on two more scores against newcomer Stephen Nogosek in the seventh. Joe Zanghi tossed a perfect eighth to close Binghamton’s pitching tab.

Shawaryn (4-6) held the Rumble Ponies to two runs on three hits over seven innings. He used eleven groundball outs to secure his second win of the season against Binghamton.

Copeland (5-3) lasted 4-2/3 innings and was touched for five runs on ten hits, including six for extra-bases.

The Rumble Ponies (38-41) continue their series against the Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. RHP Marcos Molina takes the hill against LHP Kyle Hart. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 12:45 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton went 10-17 in June, the fewest wins earned in one month (excluding September) by the franchise since May 2016 (9-21)…Stephen Nogosek and Joe Zanghi each made their Double-A debuts…Scott Copeland failed to pitch at least five innings for the first time since July 17, 2017 (New Orleans Baby Cakes), ending a streak of 17 consecutive games performing the feat.

Courtesy: Binghamton Rumble Ponies