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Tigers defeat IronBirds 1-0 in home finale

September 2, 2010

Rayni Guichardo earned the win Thursday

Despite getting outhit eight to four, the Connecticut Tigers won their final home game of the 2010 regular season Thursday thanks to excellent pitching and a timely sacrifice fly.

Tigers starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo and relievers Drew Gagnier, Logan Hoch and Miguel Mejia combined to shutout the Aberdeen IronBirds in the 1-0 victory.

Connecticut scored the game’s lone run in the first inning when P.J. Polk tagged up from third base on a shallow fly ball off the bat of Julio Rodriguez.

Aberdeen threatened to score in the later innings, loading the bases in the seventh and getting a runner on second base in the ninth, but failed to score on both occasions.

The Tigers will finish the regular season on the road with a three-game series against the IronBirds beginning on Friday.

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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 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.

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.

Tigers late comeback falls short

August 19, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers failed to overcome an early deficit in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Tri-City Valleycats, despite a ninth inning double by Brett Anderson that brought the winning run to the plate.

Alexander Nunez was 3-4 with a run scored and a stolen base on Thursday

The loss dropped the Tigers to third place in the Stedler Division standings, two games behind the Vermont Lake Monsters and a half of a game behind the Valleycats.

Connecticut fell behind in the second inning when Tri-City scored a run on an RBI double by Adam Bailey.  The Valleycats extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning when Marcus Nidiffer hit a two-run home run down the left field line off of Connecticut starting pitcher Brennan Smith.

The Tigers cut the deficit to one run in the later innings, scoring runs on an RBI doubles by Brett Anderson and Matt Perry in the seventh and eighth innings.

Relief pitcher Miguel Mejia kept the Tigers in the game with an efficient outing, needing only 39 pitches to get through 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of Smith.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Brett Anderson doubled down the right field line to give the Tigers a chance, but pinch hitter Eric Roof flied out to center field to end the game.

Alexander Nunez finished the game with three hits, a run and a stolen base in the losing effort.

The Tigers will begin a three-game series with the Staten Island Yankees on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Tigers offensive woes continue

August 18, 2010

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).

Walks doom Tigers in 12-0 loss

August 6, 2010

Control problems haunted the Connecticut Tigers pitching staff in Friday’s 12-0 loss to the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dodd Stadium.

Josue Carreno struggled with his command on Friday

Starting pitcher Josue Carreno and relievers Drew Gagnier, Tyler White and Logan Hoch combined to walk 12 Renegades hitters in the lopsided loss.

The Renegades offense ended up scoring 12 runs on 12 hits on a night when nothing seemed to go right for the Tigers.  In addition to its pitching woes, Connecticut made two errors and failed to turn two seemingly tailor-made double plays.

Alexander Nunez and P.J. Polk were the only Tigers to notch hits.  Nunez lined a single to left field in the fourth inning and Polk smacked a triple to right center field in the ninth inning.  Both were stranded on the basepaths.

The loss ended a nine-game homestand on which the Tigers went 5-4 and briefly ascended to first place in the Stedler Division standings (they are currently a half a game behind the Vermont Lake Monsters).

The Tigers will now travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. for a three-game series with the Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets affiliate, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Brennan Smith (0-3, 2.97) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Connecticut.