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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.

Tigers take two

August 5, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers took a big step forward in the Stedler Division standings Wednesday after winning both ends of a doubleheader against the Hudson Valley Renegades.  The wins moved the Tigers to just a half of a game behind the division-leading Vermont Lake Monsters.

Both games were tight contests that ended with identical 2-1 scores.

Patrick Lawson earned the win in game one

Tigers pitcher Patrick Lawson earned the win in game one, allowing one run on five hits in five innings pitched.  The performance continued his string of excellent starts since moving into the rotation in place of Patrick Cooper, who was promoted to West Michigan on July 29.

Alexander Nunez got the Tigers offense going in game one with a fourth inning double to the left center field gap.  Nunez scored one play later on a Josh Ashenbrenner triple down the right field line.

Eric Roof added to the Tigers’ lead with a chopper that bounced over the head of Renegades first baseman Phil Wunderlich and into right field for an RBI single.

The Renegades scored a run in the top of the fifth inning and would have tied the game if Tigers shortstop Ryan Soares had not made a perfect relay throw to nail Kyle Lusson out at the plate.

After securing the victory in game one, the Tigers took an early lead in the second game of the doubleheader when Ryan Enos hustled around the bases for a first inning run.  Enos got on first with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Josh Ashenbrenner scored a run in both games Wednesday

The Renegades responded with a run in the second inning when Nicholas Schwaner scored on an RBI single from Elias Otero.  Otero hit a hard grounder up the middle that shot passed the outstretched glove of diving shortstop Brett Anderson.

The Tigers regained the lead in the fourth inning after a James Robbins RBI double that put the Tigers ahead for good.

After allowing one run in five strong innings of work, Tigers starting pitcher Miguel Mejia gave way to Tyler White, who notched three strikeouts in two scoreless innings to earn the save.

The Tigers and Renegades will continue their series at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday.  Rayni Guichardo (3-2, 4.15) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by James Patterson (1-1, 4.50) of the Renegades.

Previewing the Hudson Valley Renegades

May 31, 2010

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The Hudson Valley Renegades, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, finished last season in third place in the McNamara Division with a 38-37 record.  They will play a three game series with the Connecticut Tigers at Dodd Stadium August 4-6.

Kevin Gengler of RaysProspects.com joined Connecticut Tiger Den to help preview the 2010 Renegades.

Stephen Hamel: Is there a chance Luke Bailey plays for the Hudson Valley Renegades this season? Can you give a brief scouting report on him?

Kevin Gengler: It’s tough to say, just because of how unique Bailey’s situation is. Last season’s catchers, Mark Thomas and Mayo Acosta, were promoted, while the rookie-level catchers aren’t really prospects. I would guess Hudson Valley is his destination, though. The Rays took Kyle Lobstein, a high school pitcher, in 2008, paid him an over-slot bonus (like Bailey), and he was assigned to Hudson Valley in 2009 with no pro experience. Whatever the case, he’s likely to split time between Catcher and Designated Hitter as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Bailey’s an athletic catcher, with above-average contact and power tools. He has good footwork behind the plate, and his arm graded out well before the surgery, and is expected to return to that level.

SH: The Rays have a couple of athletic outfielders from Texas in extended spring training in Todd Glaesmann and Cody Rogers. What are the strengths and weaknesses of their games? Do you think one or both of these guys may be assigned to Hudson Valley in June?

KG: Cody Rogers will almost certainly be in Hudson Valley, since he had a strong season in Princeton a season ago. Glaesmann is a little bit similar to Bailey, in that he’s a high school player who got a big bonus. He only played in 5 games in the Gulf Coast League last season, and being as it was the first year the Rays have had a GCL affiliate, there’s no track record to see what they’ll do with guys at that level. My guess would be Hudson Valley, but Princeton wouldn’t surprise me.

Rogers showed he could do a little bit of everything last season. He’s got speed (14 steals), he hit .303, and showed some power. His weakness is the strike out, as he whiffed 54 times in 52 games last season. Glaesmann is big (6’4″ 205 lbs) but athletic. He’s a line-drive hitter with power potential. He’s not as speedy as Rogers, who plays quality defense in centerfield, but Glaesmann’s plus arm and good athleticism make him a decent defender at a corner outfield spot.

SH: Jeff Malm is one of the Rays’ top prospects in extended spring training. Where you you see him spending the 2010 season?

KG: Malm is in the same boat as Bailey and Glaesmann: 2009 high school draftees who signed for an over-slot bonus. He was considered a polished bat coming out of high school, so I’d expect him to start in Hudson Valley. He’s limited to 1st base, which means his bat will need to be his calling card. He should make good contact, but the question is how much power he can hit for with wood bats.

SH: Albert Suarez was Hudson Valley’s opening day starter last year, but Tommy John surgery prematurely ended his season. Any chance he is back in Hudson Valley late in the year? What was his stuff like before his injury?

KG: I haven’t heard anything on Albert Suarez’s recovery, but if he does make it back in 2010, I’d expect it to be in the Gulf Coast League, at least to start out (Jake McGee made 5 appearances there last year coming back from Tommy John surgery). If he comes back early enough, it’s possible he does get assigned to Hudson Valley at the end of the season.

SH: Is there anyone else in extended spring training who could make an impact with Hudson Valley this season?

KG: Trevor Shull showed some promise last season with Princeton. He should make the Hudson Valley rotation and could have a break-out season if his stuff has sharpened. Brian Bryles is another athletic outfielder, but he really struggled last year and should be back with Princeton. Kevin James, the Rays 9th round pick in the 2009 draft, has the stuff to play in the New York-Penn league, but his control and overall game need refinement, so I’d expect him to start in Princeton. Jacob Partridge was outstanding in the GCL, but I’d expect the Rays to take it slow with him as well.

I’d like to thank Kevin Gengler for helping me preview the 2010 Hudson Valley Renegades.