Tigers offensive woes continue

The Connecticut Tigers offense was shutout for the third straight game Wednesday, as the Tigers fell 6-0 to the Tri-City Valleycats in front of 814 fans at Dodd Stadium.

Josue Carreno took the loss Wednesday

The loss continued a string of poor offensive performances by the Tigers, who have only scored two runs in their last five games.  It also allowed the Valleycats to pull to just a half of a game behind the Tigers for second place in the Stedler Division standings.

The Tigers’ night got off to poor start in the top of the first inning when center fielder P.J. Polk hurt his leg trying to cut an Enrique Hernandez single off on one hop.  Polk overran the play and appeared to injure his hamstring as he reached back for the ball, which bounced into center field.  Hernandez advanced to third base on the play, which was scored a two-base error on Polk.

Polk had to be replaced as he walked off the field favoring his right leg, leaving the Tigers without their leadoff hitter for the rest of the game.

Tigers starting pitcher Josue Carreno was victimized by poor defense in his five innings of work, as two of the four runs he allowed were unearned.

On a night when very little went right for the Tigers, second baseman Alexander Nunez gave the Dodd Stadium crowd a reason to cheer with two highlight reel defensive plays, the second of which was a leaping grab up the middle to rob Michael Kvasnicka of a base hit.

The Tigers and Valleycats will play again on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.  Brennan Smith (0-4, 3.54) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Connecticut.  He will be opposed by Tri-City’s Jake Buchanan (3-4, 3.92).

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