Polk sparks Tigers offense in 2-1 victory

P.J. Polk used his speed to get the Connecticut Tigers offense going early in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters.

P.J. Polk takes a lead off of 3rd base

Polk led off the first inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Vermont shortstop Jason Martinson.  Alexander Nunez bunted Polk over to third and Matt Perry followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Vermont answered with a run in the top of the third when Martinson scored on an RBI double from David Freitas.

The score would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh inning when Ryan Soares started a two-out rally with a double to left field.  Polk followed with a line drive that deflected off the glove of the diving second baseman and into shallow center field.  Soares scored on the play and Polk was credited with an RBI single.

Things got dicey for Connecticut in the bottom of the ninth inning when Logan Hoch allowed back to back singles to Justin Miller and Ronnie Labrie.  Cole Leonida bunted to advance Labrie and Miller to second and third with only one out.

With the game on the line, Tigers manager Howard Bushong called on Tyler White to replace the struggling Hoch on the mound.  White entered the game with an ugly 22.50 ERA, but he responded to the challenge, using 89-92 mph fastballs and low 80s sliders to strike out Kevin Keyes and Chad Mozingo to end the game.

Relief pitcher Miguel Mejia earned the win, pitching three shutout innings in relief of starter Brennan Smith.

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

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