Tigers drop pitcher’s duel

On a night dominated by pitching, the Connecticut Tigers came up just short, failing to score a run in Tuesday’s 1-0 contest against the Lowell Spinners.

Clemente Mendoza pitched well in defeat Tuesday

Spinners starting pitcher Keith Couch was nearly unhittable in his five innings of work, allowing only one hit while racking up seven strikeouts.

Tigers starter Clemente Mendoza was saddled with the loss, despite turning in one of his best performances of the season, allowing one run in seven innings pitched while striking out three.

The lone run of the game came in the second inning when Spinners left fielder Brandon Jacobs, who is regarded as one of the best power hitting prospects in the Red Sox minor league system, smashed a towering home run down the left field line.  Jacobs nearly homered a second time in the seventh inning when he hit a moonshot that was caught just shy of the wall in left center field.

Tigers reliever Tyler Clark was able to retire Jacobs in the ninth inning by getting him to swing and miss at a couple sliders before putting him away with a high fastball.

The Tigers made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning when P.J. Polk led off with a walk.  Ryan Enos advanced Polk to second with a sacrifice bunt, but Alexander Nunez flew out to right field and James Robbins grounded out to shortstop to end the game.  The groundout ended a tough game for Robbins, who finished 0-4 with three strikeouts.

The Tigers will continue their homestand on Wednesday with a doubleheader against the Hudson Valley Renegades, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.  Game one is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. and game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.  Patrick Lawson (1-0, 2.96) and Miguel Mejia (2-1, 1.80) are the two scheduled starting pitchers for Connecticut.

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