Tigers take series with 3-1 win

The Connecticut Tigers prevailed 3-1 over the Tri-City Valleycats in another low-scoring game Sunday in front of 1,175 fans at Dodd Stadium.

Josue Carreno earned the win Sunday

The Tigers offense got on the board early with two first-inning runs off of Valleycats starter Bobby Doran.

P.J. Polk led off the first with an infield single.  Ryan Enos advanced Polk to third on a well-executed hit and run, on which Enos singled through the right side of the infield.  With Alexander Nunez at the plate, Valleycats catcher Ryan McCurdy allowed Enos to advance to second on a passed ball.

Nunez grounded out to the second baseman, but it was hit softly enough to score Polk and advance Enos to third.  James Robbins followed with a groundout to shortstop, on which Enos had to hold at third base because the Valleycats had pulled the infield in.  The next batter, Josh Ashenbrenner, delivered an RBI single to center field.

The Valleycats countered with a run in the second inning, but that lone run was all they could muster against the Connecticut Tigers pitching staff.

Tigers starting pitcher Josue Carreno earned the win, allowing one run in six innings while recording four strikeouts.  He did a good job of locating his 88-91 mph fastball in the strike zone, throwing 64 percent of his pitches for strikes.  He had success getting swings and misses with his curveball and mixed in a changeup to keep Tri-City’s hitters off balance.

After 89 pitches, Carreno gave way to Tim Mowry, who pitched two scoreless innings in his Connecticut Tigers debut.  He did not throw very hard, but all of his pitches had excellent movement.  His 87-89 mph fastball had good sinking action and his slurvy breaking ball darted right-to-left across the plate.

The Tigers will continue their homestand on Monday with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Lowell Spinners.  Brennan Smith (0-2, 2.76) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Tigers.

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