Archive for June 2010

Tigers sweep Spinners

June 30, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers prevailed in come-from-behind fashion Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the Lowell Spinners.

Tigers starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo did not factor into the decision Wednesday. His fastball sat 84-86 mph and touched 88.

The Tigers trailed 7-2 entering the ninth inning, but rallied to tie the score and force extra innings.  Eric Roof led off the ninth inning with a single.  Brett Anderson and Ryan Enos followed with walks to load the bases for Matt Mansilla.  Mansilla grounded to shortstop Jose Garcia, but a fielding error by Garcia allowed Roof to score and Mansilla to reach safely.  Chao-Ting Tang cleared the bases with triple, pulling the Tigers to within one run.  P.J Polk was called out on strikes, but Alexander Nunez delivered an RBI single to tie the game and force extra innings.

The score remained even at 7-7 until the bottom of the 11th inning.  Tang got the Tigers started with a single and moved into scoring position by stealing second base.  Polk followed with a bunt up the third base line intended to move Tang over to third base, but third baseman David Renfroe’s throw to first missed the target and allowed Tang to score the game-winning run on an error.

Tigers relief pitcher Drew Gagnier earned the win, pitching two scoreless innings and recording three strikeouts.  Gagnier’s fastball sat between 88 and 91 miles per hour.

The Tigers’ next opponent will be the Tri-City Valleycats in Troy, N.Y.  Josue Carreno (1-1, 3.24) is scheduled to start for the Tigers on Thursday.  He will be opposed by Thomas Shirley (0-0, 0.00) of the Valleycats.

Robbie Weinhardt finishes his rehab

June 30, 2010

Relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt was activated by the Toledo Mud Hens Wednesday, ending his rehab stint with the Connecticut Tigers.

Weinhardt had a 2.25 ERA in four innings pitched with Connecticut.  He recorded five strikeouts and gave up two walks.

Weinhardt has been one of the top performers among relief pitchers in the Tigers’ minor league system the past three seasons, so his call to the big leagues could happen as early as this year.

Two pitchers added to Connecticut roster

June 30, 2010

Right-handed pitcher Patrick Cooper, the Tigers 14th round draft pick, and right-handed pitcher Jordan Pratt, the Tigers 16th round draft pick, have been assigned to the Connecticut Tigers.

Cooper is a candidate to fill the rotation slot left by Lance Baxter, who was re-assigned to the GCL Tigers on Tuesday.  A scouting report on Cooper is available at this link.

Pratt will join the Tigers bullpen.  He made an appearance for the University of Arkansas during the NCAA Super Regionals on June 12, in which his fastball sat at 89-91 mph and touched 92.  He also threw a slurvy high 70s slider.

Photos from Tuesday’s win over the Spinners

June 29, 2010

Here are a couple photos from Tuesday’s win over the Spinners.  Check out the Connecticut Tiger Den photostream on Flickr for more.

Ryan Enos

Right fielder Les Smith made his Connecticut Tigers debut Tuesday night

Sanz sensational in Tigers win

June 29, 2010

Luis Sanz improved his record to 3-0

Connecticut Tigers starting pitcher Luis Sanz twirled six scoreless innings Tuesday to lead the Tigers over the Lowell Spinners in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel.

Sanz earned the win, improving his record to 3-0 on the season.  He recorded six strikeouts, while allowing only three hits and one walk.  His fastball sat between 89 and 92 miles per hour and touched 93.  He also effectively mixed in a changeup and a sharp curveball.

The Tigers scored their lone run in the second inning when an RBI double off the bat of Ryan Enos plated James Robbins.

Right-handed pitcher Michael Torrealba finished the game for the Tigers, earning a rare three-inning save in which he struck out seven Spinners with a 90-93 mph fastball, a sharp slider and a changeup.

Spinners starting pitcher Madison Younginer was saddled with the loss, allowing one run on four hits in four innings of work.  His fastball sat between 90-94 miles per hour.  He also threw an impressive 12-6 curveball that had great depth thanks to his over-the-top delivery.

The Tigers will try to complete the sweep of the Spinners on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.  Left-handed pitcher Rayni Guichardo (1-0, 9.00) will get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Tyler Wilson (0-1, 4.00).

Click here for a link to Tuesday’s box score.

More transactions

June 29, 2010

Jeff Rowland is moving up to West Michigan

Outfielder Jeff Rowland and relief pitcher Matt Little have been re-assigned from the Connecticut Tigers to the West Michigan Whitecaps.  Rowland hit .341 in 11 games as Connecticut’s center fielder and leadoff hitter.  Little had a 1.50 ERA with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched with Connecticut.

Starting pitcher Lance Baxter has been re-assigned from the Connecticut Tigers to the Gulf Coast League Tigers.  Baxter struggled in his two starts with Connecticut, posting a 10.50 ERA in six innings pitched.

Outfielder Les Smith and relief pitcher Tyler White have been called up to Connecticut to replace Rowland and Little.  Smith hit .368 with one home run and seven RBI in five games with the GCL Tigers.  White had a 16.20 ERA in 1.2 innings pitched for the GCL Tigers.

Weinhardt sharp in two-inning rehab appearance

June 28, 2010

Toledo Mud Hens relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt pitched two scoreless innings for the Connecticut Tigers in Monday’s 6-3 victory over the Lowell Spinners.  Weinhardt has spent the past few days with Connecticut on a rehab assignment, as he is working his way back from a shoulder injury that had kept him sidelined since May 25.

Brandon Jacobs was the only Spinner who reached base against Weinhardt, reaching on a throwing error by shortstop Brett Anderson.  Weinhardt recorded three strikeouts in his two-inning appearance and had good command of his 89-92 mph fastball and high 70s slider.

The Tigers got on the board early against Lowell, scoring three runs in the first inning with singles from P.J. Polk, Josh Ashenbrenner, Julio Rodriguez and James Robbins.

The Tigers added two more runs in the fourth inning off of Lowell starter Roman Mendez.  Mendez’s fastball sat in the mid 90s and touched 98 mph, but it was not good enough to quiet the Tigers offense, which knocked him out of the game after three innings.

Tigers starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza kept the Spinners off balance for five innings before running into trouble in the sixth, in which he allowed three earned runs.  He finished with a final line of six innings pitched, five strikouts and three runs allowed on five hits and four walks.

Brennan Smith earned the save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.  He flashed excellent stuff including an 90-92 mph, a nasty splitter, a curveball and a changeup.  Smith’s curveball was particularly effective Monday, as he used it to strike out Seth Schwindenhammer and Chia-Chu Chen.

Left fielder P.J. Polk looked completely recovered from his injured hamstring, showing off his speed with a stolen base and a bunt single.

The Tigers play the Spinners again on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Right-handed pitcher Luis Sanz (2-0, 0.90) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Madison Younginer (1-1, 6.48) of the Spinners.