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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.


Tigers offense sputters in loss

August 2, 2010

Lowell Spinners starting pitcher Miguel Celestino shut down the Connecticut Tigers offense Monday, holding the Tigers to just one hit through six innings in Lowell’s 6-1 victory.

Celestino finished the game with six strikeouts and earned his first win as a Spinner.

Brennan Smith took the loss Monday

Tigers starting pitcher Brennan Smith held Lowell scoreless through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth when he allowed back to back singles to Joantoni Garcia and James Kang to lead off the inning.  Jose Iglesias, who is with Lowell on a rehab assignment, followed with a line drive to center field that dropped under the glove of a diving P.J. Polk .  Garcia and Kang both scored on the play and Iglesias hustled to third base for a triple.  Two batters later, Miles Head roped an RBI double to left field to score Iglesias.

Lowell added three more runs in the eighth inning with three straight RBI singles by Seth Schwindenhammer, David Renfroe and Joantoni Garcia.

The Tigers’ only run came in the ninth inning when Ryan Enos singled off of Spinners reliever Michael Hacker to drive in Ryan Soares.

The Tigers will continue their series with the Spinners on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Clemente Mendoza (2-4, 6.59) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Keith Couch (0-3, 2.97) of the Spinners.

Tigers sweep Spinners

June 30, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers prevailed in come-from-behind fashion Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the Lowell Spinners.

Tigers starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo did not factor into the decision Wednesday. His fastball sat 84-86 mph and touched 88.

The Tigers trailed 7-2 entering the ninth inning, but rallied to tie the score and force extra innings.  Eric Roof led off the ninth inning with a single.  Brett Anderson and Ryan Enos followed with walks to load the bases for Matt Mansilla.  Mansilla grounded to shortstop Jose Garcia, but a fielding error by Garcia allowed Roof to score and Mansilla to reach safely.  Chao-Ting Tang cleared the bases with triple, pulling the Tigers to within one run.  P.J Polk was called out on strikes, but Alexander Nunez delivered an RBI single to tie the game and force extra innings.

The score remained even at 7-7 until the bottom of the 11th inning.  Tang got the Tigers started with a single and moved into scoring position by stealing second base.  Polk followed with a bunt up the third base line intended to move Tang over to third base, but third baseman David Renfroe’s throw to first missed the target and allowed Tang to score the game-winning run on an error.

Tigers relief pitcher Drew Gagnier earned the win, pitching two scoreless innings and recording three strikeouts.  Gagnier’s fastball sat between 88 and 91 miles per hour.

The Tigers’ next opponent will be the Tri-City Valleycats in Troy, N.Y.  Josue Carreno (1-1, 3.24) is scheduled to start for the Tigers on Thursday.  He will be opposed by Thomas Shirley (0-0, 0.00) of the Valleycats.

Sanz sensational in Tigers win

June 29, 2010

Luis Sanz improved his record to 3-0

Connecticut Tigers starting pitcher Luis Sanz twirled six scoreless innings Tuesday to lead the Tigers over the Lowell Spinners in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel.

Sanz earned the win, improving his record to 3-0 on the season.  He recorded six strikeouts, while allowing only three hits and one walk.  His fastball sat between 89 and 92 miles per hour and touched 93.  He also effectively mixed in a changeup and a sharp curveball.

The Tigers scored their lone run in the second inning when an RBI double off the bat of Ryan Enos plated James Robbins.

Right-handed pitcher Michael Torrealba finished the game for the Tigers, earning a rare three-inning save in which he struck out seven Spinners with a 90-93 mph fastball, a sharp slider and a changeup.

Spinners starting pitcher Madison Younginer was saddled with the loss, allowing one run on four hits in four innings of work.  His fastball sat between 90-94 miles per hour.  He also threw an impressive 12-6 curveball that had great depth thanks to his over-the-top delivery.

The Tigers will try to complete the sweep of the Spinners on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.  Left-handed pitcher Rayni Guichardo (1-0, 9.00) will get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Tyler Wilson (0-1, 4.00).

Click here for a link to Tuesday’s box score.

Weinhardt sharp in two-inning rehab appearance

June 28, 2010

Toledo Mud Hens relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt pitched two scoreless innings for the Connecticut Tigers in Monday’s 6-3 victory over the Lowell Spinners.  Weinhardt has spent the past few days with Connecticut on a rehab assignment, as he is working his way back from a shoulder injury that had kept him sidelined since May 25.

Brandon Jacobs was the only Spinner who reached base against Weinhardt, reaching on a throwing error by shortstop Brett Anderson.  Weinhardt recorded three strikeouts in his two-inning appearance and had good command of his 89-92 mph fastball and high 70s slider.

The Tigers got on the board early against Lowell, scoring three runs in the first inning with singles from P.J. Polk, Josh Ashenbrenner, Julio Rodriguez and James Robbins.

The Tigers added two more runs in the fourth inning off of Lowell starter Roman Mendez.  Mendez’s fastball sat in the mid 90s and touched 98 mph, but it was not good enough to quiet the Tigers offense, which knocked him out of the game after three innings.

Tigers starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza kept the Spinners off balance for five innings before running into trouble in the sixth, in which he allowed three earned runs.  He finished with a final line of six innings pitched, five strikouts and three runs allowed on five hits and four walks.

Brennan Smith earned the save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.  He flashed excellent stuff including an 90-92 mph, a nasty splitter, a curveball and a changeup.  Smith’s curveball was particularly effective Monday, as he used it to strike out Seth Schwindenhammer and Chia-Chu Chen.

Left fielder P.J. Polk looked completely recovered from his injured hamstring, showing off his speed with a stolen base and a bunt single.

The Tigers play the Spinners again on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Right-handed pitcher Luis Sanz (2-0, 0.90) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Madison Younginer (1-1, 6.48) of the Spinners.

Tigers to host Spinners for three-game series

June 27, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers will host the Lowell Spinners, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, for a three-game series at Dodd Stadium starting Monday at 7:05 p.m.  The Spinners enter the series with a middling 4-6 record, but they have a roster loaded with talent.

The Spinners starting rotation includes one of the biggest arms in the Red Sox farm system in 6-foot-2 right-hander Roman Mendez.  Mendez’s fastball sits in the mid 90s and hit 99 miles per hour in his most recent start according to Chris Mellen of  In addition to his exciting stuff, Mendez showed excellent command last season in the Gulf Coast League, issuing only eight free passes in 50 innings of work.  Mendez is scheduled to start against the Tigers on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Spinners will send another exciting young arm to the hill against the Tigers in 19-year-old right-hander Madison Younginer.  Mike Andrews of gave me the following scouting report on Younginer in an interview conducted in May:

Younginer has electric stuff and an arsenal that could round into a devastating three-pitch mix: a mid-to-high-90s four-seam fastball, a 12-to-6 curveball,and a low-80s changeup. This year Younginer will need to work on cleaning up his delivery to develop a consistent release point to enhance his fastball command and continue to work on the feel for his changeup, which showed good progression during the 2009 season leading up to the draft. He should show flashes of dominance with the Spinners in 2010.

Outfielders Brandon Jacobs and Bryce Brentz and infielders David Renfroe and Kolbrin Vitek are among the top position players on Lowell’s roster.

Andrews says the 6-foot-1, 225 pound Jacobs might have the most power potential in the Red Sox minor league system, though he has not yet homered in the 2010 season.

Renfroe might be the most intriguing prospect on the team thanks to his abundance of tools.  Here is what Andrews had to say about him in May:

Renfroe brings solid all-around tools and an excellent baseball acumen to the table. He has a smooth swing that produces excellent backspin on the ball, and he has demonstrated above-average power potential that should begin to show as he improves his pitch recognition. A shortstop in high school, Renfroe moved to third base this past Fall.

Kolbrin Vitek and Bryce Brentz are very successful college hitters who just began their professional careers a little over a week ago.  They were the top two selections of the Red Sox in the 2010 draft, with Vitek going 20th overall and Brentz going 36th overall.  Brentz is off to a slow start, hitting .100 with zero home runs and 4 RBI.  Vitek is hitting .281 with zero home runs and 4 RBI.

Tigers snap losing streak with emphatic 13-1 victory

June 24, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with Thursday’s 13-1 win against the Lowell Spinners.  Five Lowell errors helped the Tigers increase their margin of victory in a very lopsided game.

Julio Rodriguez, Ryan Enos and Chao-Ting Tang were among the Tigers offensive standouts as each contributed multiple hits to the offensive effort.  Alexander Nunez hit the game’s only home run, his first of the season.

Tigers starting pitcher Luis Sanz allowed only one run in five innings of work, while recording five strikeouts.  Patrick Lawson and Tyler Clark did excellent work in relief, combining to pitch four scoreless innings.

Outfielder P.J. Polk missed his fourth straight game because of a hamstring injury.

The Tigers finish their series with the Spinners on Friday at 7:05 p.m.  Rayni Guichardo (1-0, 1.29) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Tyler Wilson (0-1, 0.00).

Click here for a link to Thursday’s box score.