Tigers celebrate 4th of July with 6-1 victory

The Connecticut Tigers offense provided plenty of fireworks in the Tigers’ 6-1 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Independence Day.

The Tigers finished the game with a season high 14 hits.  Ryan Enos and Matt Perry led the charge with three hits apiece and Brett Anderson hit his second home run of the season.

Matt Mansilla had a rough day offensively, going 0-4 with a strikeout, but he made up for it on the defensive end with a difficult sliding catch in left field.

Connecticut Tigers outfielder Chao-Ting Tang scores a run in the 2nd inning

The Tigers offense was aided by sloppy defense from the Scrappers, which allowed the Tigers to score three unearned runs off of Scrappers starting pitcher Kirk Wetmore.

Tigers starting pitcher Patrick Cooper earned the win in his first start of the season.  Cooper allowed two walks in the first inning, but wiggled out of the jam unscathed.  He allowed a run in the second after a Carlos Moncrief triple and a Brian Heere single, but that was the only run the Scrappers would score all game.  Cooper finished with a final line of 5.0 innings pitched, two hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.

Patrick Lawson pitched three shutout innings in relief of Cooper and Kevan Hess struck out the side in the ninth inning to end the game.

The Tigers play the Scrappers again on Monday at 7:05 p.m.  Left-handed pitcher Rayni Guichardo (1-0, 7.50) is expected to start for the Tigers.

Click here for a link to the box score.

Check out the Connecticut Tiger Den photostream on Flickr for photos from the game.

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