Archive for August 2010

Three new players join Connecticut Tigers

August 30, 2010

Shortstop Dixon Machado and right-handed pitchers Wilsen Palacios and Jeff Ferrell were re-assigned from the Gulf Coast League Tigers to the Connecticut Tigers Monday.

All three players were called up after the GCL Tigers failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing their season with a 30-28 record.

Machado, 18, appeared in 43 games for the GCL Tigers, hitting .261 and slugging .321 in 165 at bats.  The scouting report on his TigsTown.com profile says he has above-average speed and defensive abilities.

Palacios, 20, had a 2.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 11 walks in 61.1 innings pitched.  TigsTown.com says he throws a plus fastball and an above-average slider.

Ferrell, 19, had a 3.14 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 12 walks in 57.1 innings pitched.

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Cyclones stop Tigers

August 28, 2010

The Brooklyn Cyclones have the best record in the New York-Penn League and they showed why Saturday night, defeating the Connecticut Tigers 10-0 in front of 2,684 fans at Dodd Stadium.

Rayni Guichardo took the loss Saturday, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in 6.0 innings pitched

Brooklyn bludgeoned the Tigers pitching staff with seven extra base hits, including home runs from Blake Forsythe and Jeff Flagg.  Most of the damage occurred in the eighth inning in which the Cyclones battered Tigers relievers Ramon Lebron and Logan Hoch to the tune of six runs on six hits and two walks.

Cyclones starting pitcher Yohan Almonte may have appreciated the offensive support, but he hardly needed it, as he shutout the Tigers for all nine innings to earn the complete game victory.

With the loss, Connecticut dropped from first to third place in the Stedler Division standings as Vermont and Tri-City were both victorious in their games against the Aberdeen IronBirds and Hudson Valley Renegades respectively.

The Tigers and Cyclones will continue their series at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.  Josue Carreno (4-6, 4.47) is scheduled to start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Angel Cuan (5-0, 1.91) of the Cyclones.

Tigers climb into 1st place

August 27, 2010

With Friday’s 8-2 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Connecticut Tigers moved into a first place tie atop the Stedler Division standings.

Connecticut will continue affiliation with Tigers

August 27, 2010

The Detroit Tigers and Connecticut Tigers announced the signing of a two-year extension of their player development contract Friday, meaning Connecticut will retain its affiliation with Detroit through at least the 2012 season.

Here is the release:

The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has extended its working agreement with Single A Connecticut for two years, extending the agreement through the 2012 season.

“The Tigers are very pleased to enter into this extension agreement with Connecticut,” Tigers Director, Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta said. “Our partnership with Miles Prentice, Andrew Weber and the Connecticut management team has developed quite well over the past two years and we view Norwich as a locale that fits well into our player development system. We are confident that the fan base will grow in the coming years and that the facility will be well maintained. We look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.”

The 2010 season marks the first season the franchise has been based in Connecticut after playing in Oneonta for the first 11 seasons as Detroit’s Short-Season Single A affiliate.

Tigers lose at damp Dodd

August 23, 2010

Many Connecticut Tigers players donned jackets in the dugout for the first time this season on a damp, windy Monday evening at Dodd Stadium.

Miguel Mejia pitched well in relief of Guichardo Monday

The wet conditions did not seem to suit the Tigers, who stumbled to a 10-2 loss to the Tri-City Valleycats.

Starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo struggled with his control, walking three and uncorking two wild pitches in just 1.1 innings pitched.  The outing was Guichardo’s shortest start of the season.

Miguel Mejia was a bright spot for the Tigers on an otherwise dreary night, as he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of Guichardo.

Alexander Nunez led the Tigers offense with a single, double and a run scored.  Ryan Soares went 1-2 with a walk and was the only other Tiger to reach base more than once.

The Tigers will embark on a four-game road trip to Tri-City and Vermont starting on Tuesday.  They will return home for a three-game series against the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday.

Sunday’s game canceled

August 22, 2010

Sunday’s game between the Connecticut Tigers and the Staten Island Yankees has been canceled due to inclement weather.  It will not be made up at a later date.

Yankees shutout Tigers

August 21, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers offense was shutout for the seventh time this month Saturday as the Tigers fell 2-0 to the Staten Island Yankees.

Patrick Lawson allowed 1 run and had 8 strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched

Tigers starting pitcher Patrick Lawson, who had been stellar through the first five innings, ran into trouble in the sixth, walking Rob Segedin and giving up a single to Kyle Roller, which advanced Segedin to third base.  Gary Sanchez followed Roller with a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

The 17-year-old Sanchez became the youngest player in the New York-Penn League when he was promoted to Staten Island on Thursday after hitting .353 and slugging .597 in the Gulf Coast League.

Staten Island added another run in the eighth inning when Tigers relief pitcher Logan Hoch walked in a run with the bases loaded.

Tigers first baseman James Robbins provided a defensive highlight in the third inning when he chased a pop-up into foul territory, leaned over the tarp and reached over the first row of seats to make the catch.  Robbins then displayed his considerable arm strength by spinning around and throwing out a tagging Shane Brown at third base to complete a double play.

The Tigers will wrap-up their series with Staten Island at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.  Rayni Guichardo (3-3, 3.99) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Tigers.