Tigers split doubleheader

The Connecticut Tigers split Saturday’s doubleheader with the Batavia Muckdogs, losing game one 5-3 and winning game two 8-1.

Clemente Mendoza was charged with the loss in game one.  He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks in five innings of work.  Antonio Cruz pitched a scoreless inning in relief  in his first appearance since getting hit in the left arm by a line drive.

Alexander Nunez and Josh Ashenbrenner both had productive games offensively, with Nunez going 2-3 with a walk and Ashenbrenner going 3-3 with a walk and a double.

Patrick Lawson, who made a spot start for the Tigers in the second game of the doubleheader, allowed one run in four innings with one walk and three strikeouts.  Tyler Clark pitched three scoreless relief innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

P.J. Polk, Ryan Enos, Eric Roof, Les Smith and Ryan Soares all had two-hit games in the Tigers’ victory.

The Tigers will continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters in Williamsport, Pa.  The Crosscutters, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, are currently tied for second place in the Pinckney Division with an 11-11 record.  The Tigers are 13-9, which puts them in second place in the Stedler Division.

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