Tigers pitching shaky in 8-3 loss

Connecticut Tigers pitchers Rayni Guichardo and Tyler White had trouble controlling the strike zone in the Tigers’ 8-3 loss to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Monday night.

Tyler White allowed 5 earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched on Monday

Guichardo did not yield an earned run in his four innings of work, but he did allow two unearned runs on four hits and three walks.  Guichardo’s command was less than stellar as he routinely fell behind in the count.

Tyler White, who came out of the bullpen in relief of Guichardo, also struggled with his command, allowing two walks in 0.2 innings pitched.  White gave up five earned runs including a two-run home run to Chase Burnette.

The most impressive Connecticut pitcher was 18-year-old left-hander Antonio Cruz, who pitched 1.1 perfect innings for the Tigers before leaving the game after his left forearm was hit by a line drive.  Cruz showed a 91-92 mph fastball and a swing-and-miss slider in his brief outing.

Tigers outfielder P.J. Polk showed signs of breaking out of his slump, hitting a single to right field in his first at bat and doubling down the left field line in his third at bat.

In the sixth inning, Londell Taylor showed off the tools that enticed the Tigers to give him an above-slot signing bonus when he was drafted in 2007, hitting a ball off the wall in left center field and flying around the bases for a triple.  Taylor would score the Tigers’ first run of the game when he was driven in by Polk.

The Tigers’ three-game series with the Scrappers will conclude with a rubber match on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno (1-2, 4.05) is scheduled to start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Owen Dew (1-0, 0.00) of the Scrappers.

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