Yankees shutout Tigers

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.

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