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Valleycats crowned NYPL champions

September 14, 2010

Carlos Quevedo throws a pitch on June 18, 2010 (Mike McMahon / The Record)

The Tri-City Valleycats won the 2010 New York-Penn League championship Tuesday after defeating the Brooklyn Cyclones 5-1 in the second game of the best of three championship series.

Valleycats starting pitcher Carlos Quevedo earned the win, allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings pitched.

Second baseman Enrique Hernandez went 3-4 with a double, a walk and two runs batted in.

The win capped an interesting season for the Valleycats, who snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season by beating out the Connecticut Tigers for the Stedler Division crown.

Cyclones and Valleycats to vie for NYPL crown

September 10, 2010

The Brooklyn Cyclones and Tri-City Valleycats advanced to the New York-Penn League championship series after defeating the Jamestown Jammers and the Batavia Muckdogs respectively.

The best of three championship series will begin Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Troy, N.Y.

NYPL playoff matchups set

September 6, 2010

The first round of the New York-Penn League playoffs will begin Tuesday with the Tri-City Valleycats hosting the Batavia Muckdogs and the Jamestown Jammers hosting the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Tri-City’s pitching staff finished third in the league with a 3.43 ERA, but it will have its hands full trying to slow down a Batavia offense that scored a league-leading 410 runs in the regular season.

Jamestown is tasked with trying to knock off a Brooklyn team that has the look of a juggernaut.  The Cyclones finished the regular season with a 51-24 record, led the league in ERA and home runs and has two New York-Penn League MVP candidates in Cory Vaughn and Darrell Ceciliani.

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.

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).

Tigers drop pitcher’s duel

August 3, 2010

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.