GAME ONE LOSS – The Sea Dogs dropped game one of the Northeast Division Championship Series to the Somerset Patriots, 9-4 on Tuesday at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning against Patriots starter Randy Vazquez. Christian Koss led off with a single and, one out later, Niko Kavadas blasted a two-run run homer. Hudson Potts made it back-to-back long balls with a solo shot to left, giving Portland a 3-0 lead. Somerset hit around in the top of the fourth inning, exploding for eight runs against the Portland pitching staff. It was headlined by RBI hits from Eric Wagaman, Austin Wells, and Elijah Dunham. Overall, Somerset recorded five hits and four walks in the inning and took an 8-3 lead. Somerset added one more run in the top of the fifth inning. After a leadoff single from Jesus Bastidas, Tyler Hardman reached on a fielder’s choice. One out later, Trey Sweeney drove him in with an RBI single, giving Somerset a 9-3 lead. Portland was able to get a run back in the bottom of the eighth inning. Wilyer Abreu put himself in scoring position, connecting with a one-out double. Koss followed with a single, driving in Abreu, and making it a 9-4 game. Both teams went scoreless in the ninth inning, with Carson Coleman closing out the game in a 9-4 Patriots win.
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL – Over the course of Portland’s franchise history, the Sea Dogs are 3-10 in the first game of any level of playoff series. This included the game-one loss to the Patriots on Tuesday. While dropping the first game of the series, the Sea Dogs have been able to bounce back multiple times. Portland has recorded an 8-4 record in the second game of a series, going through their 12 playoff appearances back to the 1995 season.
MAIN SOURCE OF OFFENSE – Niko Kavadas and Hudson Potts blasted back-to-back homers in the first game, powering home a majority of the offense in game one. Out of the eight hits the Sea Dogs recorded on Tuesday, five of them came from Wilyer Abreu and Christian Koss. Abrey went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Koss had a 3-for-4 game, tallying one RBI and one run scored. Even with the Eastern League-leading base stealer, David Hamilton on the team, the Sea Dogs didn’t send any runners in Tuesday’s game.
A TALE OF TWO GAMES – Portland pitchers walked a total of five batters on Tuesday night. Two came from the starter Shane Drohan and…