Archive for July 2010

Tigers and Valleycats split doubleheader

July 31, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers won a 2-1 pitcher’s duel in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, but dropped the second game 3-1 to the Tri-City Valleycats.

Rayni Guichardo earned the win in game one of the doubleheader.

Tri-City opening the scoring in the fifth inning of game one, when Enrique Hernandez laced an RBI double to left field to score Ben Orloff from first base.

Connecticut answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.

Julio Rodriguez led the inning off with a single up the middle.  Les Smith followed with sharply hit ground ball that glanced off the second baseman’s glove and rolled into right field.  Rodriguez advanced to third on the play and Smith moved up to second after Tri-City right fielder Adam Bailey tried to throw Rodriguez out at third.  Brett Anderson followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Rodriguez and advanced Smith to third.

The next batter, Chao-Ting Tang, gave the Tigers the lead with a sacrifice fly to left field.  Tri-City left fielder Wilton Infante had a chance to throw Smith out at the plate, but his throw sailed over catcher Ben Heath’s head and hit the netting above the backstop behind home plate.

Ryan Enos had two hits in game two.

The two fifth inning runs were all the Tigers pitchers would need, as Rayni Guichardo cruised to victory, allowing only one run in six innings of work and Tyler White pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn his second save of the season.

The Tigers pitching staff was less successful in game two, as spot starter Miguel Mejia allowed two earned runs in three innings and reliever Drew Gagnier allowed one run in two innings.

The Tigers’ only run came in the fourth inning when Ryan Enos scored on James Robbins double.  Enos finished the game with two hits and a walk in three trips to the plate.

The Tigers and Valleycats will lock horns again with a game beginning at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday at Dodd Stadium.  Josue Carreno (2-4, 4.97) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Tigers.

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Tim Mowry promoted to Connecticut

July 31, 2010

Photo courtesy of Zolton Cohen and WMU

Right-handed pitcher Tim Mowry was promoted from the Gulf Coast League to the Connecticut Tigers Saturday.

The Kalamazoo, Mich. native had a 3.86 ERA, nine strikeouts and four walks in 11.2 innings pitched with the GCL Tigers.

He was acquired by the Tigers in June after signing a contract as a non-drafted free agent out of Western Michigan University.

Probable starting pitchers for Saturday

July 31, 2010

Rayni Guichardo (2-2, 4.71) is scheduled to start game one of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Tri-City Valleycats.  The left-hander allowed one run through five innings of work in his last outing.

Miguel Mejia (2-0, 0.00) will get a spot start in the second game.  Mejia is a reliever by trade, so the bullpen may be called upon early in game two.  His longest appearance this season lasted three innings.

Patrick Cooper promoted to West Michigan

July 29, 2010

Cooper is moving up to the Midwest League

Right-handed pitcher Patrick Cooper was promoted from the Connecticut Tigers to the West Michigan Whitecaps Thursday.

He will replace Giovanni Soto, who was traded to the Indians for Jhonny Peralta, in the Whitecaps’ starting rotation.

Cooper had a 3.91 ERA, 24 strikeouts and seven walks in 23.0 innings pitched with Connecticut.  His arsenal includes a fastball that sits between 88 and 91 mph, a slider and a changeup.

New York-Penn League MVP watch

July 29, 2010

Here is a look at the offensive numbers of some of the leading candidates for the New York-Penn League’s Most Valuable Player award.

Matthew Curry, State College Spikes
.393 AVG, .476 OBP, .596 SLG, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 5 SB
Curry leads the league in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS.

David Freitas, Vermont Lake Monsters
.390 AVG, .480 OBP, .552 SLG, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 2 SB
Freitas leads the league in on-base percentage.  He is second in OPS and tied for second in batting average.

Darrell Ceciliani, Brooklyn Cyclones
.390 AVG, .444 OBP, .558 SLG, 0 HR, 19 RBI, 14 SB
Ceciliani leads the league in triples.  He second in stolen bases and tied for second in batting average.

Cory Vaughn, Brooklyn Cyclones
.309 AVG, .397 OBP, .570 SLG, 9 HR, 36 RBI, 8 SB
Vaughn is tied for the league lead in home runs and runs batted in.

David Anderson, Aberdeen IronBirds
.315 AVG, .440 OBP, .584 SLG, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB
Anderson is second in the league in slugging percentage and third in OPS.

Mansilla, Sedon and Hess promoted

July 26, 2010

Matt Mansilla has been promoted to Lakeland

The Connecticut Tigers roster got a bit smaller Monday as three players were promoted to higher levels.

Outfielder Matt Mansilla and infielder Chris Sedon were promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers and relief pitcher Kevan Hess was promoted to the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Mansilla had two home runs and a .130 batting average in 17 games with Connecticut.  Sedon had one home run and a .333 batting average in six games.

Hess, an important member of the Connecticut bullpen, had a 2.87 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched.

Tonight’s game postponed

July 23, 2010

Friday’s game between the Connecticut Tigers and the Tri-City Valleycats has been postponed due to inclement weather.  The game will be made up on July 31 as part of a doubleheader.

The Tigers’ next game is at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday against Tri-City.  The game is considered a home game for the Tigers, but it will be played at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.