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September 17, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lugo, Cellucci join Sea Dogs

9/17 Cup of Coffee:
It was a quiet night on the farm, with the two affiliates that remain in action combining for just 10 hits in a pair of losses. Matthew Lugo and Brendan Cellucci joined Portland ahead of the start of the playoffs as the Sea Dogs' winning streak was snapped. Nick Sogard (pictured) was one of the few highlights in Worcester's sloppy loss.


Defensive lapses cost Worcester during a six-run second inning that proved to be the difference. Only three of the seven runs allowed by Chris Murphy were charged as earned. The left-hander had struggles of his own, however, as he walked four and struck out one in five innings of work. Chase Shugart also surrendered an unearned run in his inning, sandwiched by striking out the side. Durbin Feltman pitched two scoreless frames and struck out three but issued four walks on the night. Nick Sogard was responsible for three of the six Scranton hits. That included the team's only extra-base hit, a third-inning RBI triple. 


Portland entered on fire, having won eight in a row and 16 of 17, but the Sea Dogs could not generate anything at the plate on Friday evening. David Hamilton had two of the four hits for the Sea Dogs, scoring the team's lone run. Wilyer Abreu doubled and walked, extending his hitting streak to five games. Matthew Lugo joined Portland for his first taste of Double-A, going 0 for 4 on the night. Sterling Sharp got the start, allowing one run on three hits in five innings, with the lone run coming on a homer by old friend Jeisson Rosario. Brendan Cellucci followed, joining Lugo making his Double-A debut. The lefty allowed a pair of hits in 1 1/3 innings, striking out three without issuing a walk.


Player of the Day: Nick Sogard has been an unheralded performer in 2022, splitting time between Portland and Worcester. The 25-year-old infielder picked up three hits, giving him 97 on the year and raising his stat line for the year to .262/.367/.362.

Photo Credit: Nick Sogard by Kelly O'Connor