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Polk sparks Tigers offense in 2-1 victory

July 20, 2010

P.J. Polk used his speed to get the Connecticut Tigers offense going early in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters.

P.J. Polk takes a lead off of 3rd base

Polk led off the first inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Vermont shortstop Jason Martinson.  Alexander Nunez bunted Polk over to third and Matt Perry followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Vermont answered with a run in the top of the third when Martinson scored on an RBI double from David Freitas.

The score would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh inning when Ryan Soares started a two-out rally with a double to left field.  Polk followed with a line drive that deflected off the glove of the diving second baseman and into shallow center field.  Soares scored on the play and Polk was credited with an RBI single.

Things got dicey for Connecticut in the bottom of the ninth inning when Logan Hoch allowed back to back singles to Justin Miller and Ronnie Labrie.  Cole Leonida bunted to advance Labrie and Miller to second and third with only one out.

With the game on the line, Tigers manager Howard Bushong called on Tyler White to replace the struggling Hoch on the mound.  White entered the game with an ugly 22.50 ERA, but he responded to the challenge, using 89-92 mph fastballs and low 80s sliders to strike out Kevin Keyes and Chad Mozingo to end the game.

Relief pitcher Miguel Mejia earned the win, pitching three shutout innings in relief of starter Brennan Smith.

Check out the Connecticut Tiger Den photostream on Flickr to see photos from the game.

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Tigers to host division rival Vermont

July 19, 2010

After losing a pair of games on the road against the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Tigers will return home to begin a key three-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters, the current leaders in the Stedler Division with a 21-9 record.

Brennan Smith will start for the Tigers on Tuesday

The upcoming series presents the Tigers, currently six games behind Vermont, with a golden opportunity to make up ground on the division leader.

Vermont’s offense is anchored by David Freitas and Russell Moldenhauer.  Freitas leads the team with a .375 batting average and a .446 on-base percentage.  Moldenhauer, the team’s best power hitter, has five home runs, 16 RBI and a .600 slugging percentage.

Another key bat in the Vermont lineup is 21-year-old infielder Blake Kelso.  Kelso is hitting .338 and is second on the team with four stolen bases.

Brennan Smith (0-1, 3.86) will be tasked with shutting down the Vermont offense on Tuesday.  Smith struggled in his most recent start, getting knocked out of the game in the third inning after allowing six runs against the State College Spikes.

Clemente Mendoza (2-3, 5.91 ERA) will get the start for the Tigers on Wednesday and Patrick Cooper (2-1, 3.18) will start the series finale on Thursday.

Tigers fall to Lake Monsters, split series

June 27, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers fell to the Vermont Lake Monsters 7-3 Sunday in front of 1,613 fans at Dodd Stadium.

Bristol native Brett Anderson homered in the 6th inning

Tigers starting pitcher Lance Baxter pitched two scoreless innings to begin the game, but ran into trouble in the third, walking Chad Mozingo after striking out Connor Rowe to begin the inning.  Mozingo advanced to second after an errant pickoff throw, then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hendry Jimenez.  Jason Martinson followed with a walk to bring up the Lake Monsters cleanup hitter, David Freitas, with one out and runners on first and third.  Freitas singled to right field to score Mozingo and Ronnie Labrie and Justin Miller followed with RBI singles to increase the Lake Monsters lead to 3-0.  Baxter then struck out Marcus Jones to end the inning.

Relief pitcher Patrick Lawson replaced Baxter in the fourth inning, but he struggled as well, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk as the Lake Monsters lead swelled to 6-0.

The Tigers offense responded in the sixth inning when Brett Anderson hit a three-run home run over the left field wall, scoring James Robbins and Ryan Enos, who had each singled to reach base in front of Anderson.

Relief pitcher Tyler Clark allowed 1 run in 3 innings of work

The Lake Monsters added one more run in the eighth inning when Connor Rowe hit an RBI single off of Tigers pitcher Tyler Clark.

Baxter earned the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season after allowing three earned runs in three innings of work.  His fastball sat between 84 and 87 miles per hour and had good movement, but it was not enough to keep the Lake Monsters hitters off the bases.

Tigers outfielder P.J. Polk played in his first game since June 21, when he injured his hamstring running out a ground ball.  Polk looked like he was running with a slight limp after grounding out in his first at bat, but he stayed in the game and seemed to improve as the game went on.

The Tigers will be back in action at Dodd Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m. against the Lowell Spinners.  Clemente Mendoza (0-1, 3.86) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by the hard-throwing Roman Mendez (1-1, 4.50), who earned the win in his last start against the Tigers on June 23.

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

Tigers triumph in home opener

June 26, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers delighted a crowd of over 3,000 fans with a 7-1 victory in Saturday’s long-anticipated home opener against the Vermont Lake Monsters.

The scoring opened in the third inning when Tigers center fielder Jeff Rowland crossed the plate after an RBI single from James Robbins.  Matt Perry and Brett Anderson followed Robbins with RBI singles, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead they would never relinquish.

The Tigers scored two more runs in the fourth inning thanks to doubles from Londell Taylor, Alexander Nunez and Julio Rodriguez.

Josh Ashenbrenner led the Tigers offense with three hits, but catcher Julio Rodriguez may have been the most impressive hitter on the night.  Rodriguez displayed excellent raw power in each of his first two at bats, hitting deep fly balls to right center field.  He was not rewarded with a hit until his RBI double in the fourth inning, which landed in the left center field gap.

Tigers starting pitcher Josue Carreno picked up the win, pitching five shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.  His fastball sat between 88 and 91 miles per hour and touched 92 on the radar gun a couple times.

Drew Gagnier and Kevan Hess finished the game in relief of Carreno.  Gagnier allowed one unearned run, walked two and struck out two in two innings of work.  Hess pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.

The Tigers play the Lake Monsters again Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Dodd Stadium.  Lance Baxter (0-1, 12.00) is the Tigers’ scheduled starting pitcher.  He will be opposed by Shane McCatty of the Lake Monsters (0-1, 9.00).

Tigers to host Lake Monsters in home opener

June 26, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers will play their first-ever game at Dodd Stadium Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against the Vermont Lake Monsters.  They enter their home opener with a 4-4 record after finishing their season-opening road trip with an 8-7 win over the Lowell Spinners on Friday.

Right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno will have the honor of starting the Tigers’ home-opener on his 19th birthday.  Carreno, a graduate of the Tigers’ Venezuelan Summer League program, pitched three strong innings in his first outing, before falling apart in the fourth against this same Lake Monsters team.

Bobby Hansen will get the start for the Lake Monsters, a Washington Nationals affiliate.  Hansen pitched four shutout innings against the Tigers in his first start of the season on June 22.

Offensively, the Tigers have received strong contributions from center fielder Jeff Rowland, who has set the table from the leadoff spot with a .432 on-base percentage.  Ryan Enos’ nine runs batted in and 13 total bases lead the team.

First baseman James Robbins is perhaps the most highly-touted prospect on the team, ranking 29th on Baseball America’s preseason list of Tigers prospects.  He is off to a slow start, hitting .226 with only one extra base hit.

Infielder Blake Kelso leads the Lake Monsters in several offensive categories, including hits, batting average and OPS.

Lake Monsters sweep Tigers

June 22, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers lost to the Vermont Lake Monsters 6-3 Tuesday, despite a 3-4 effort from left fielder Matt Mansilla.

Starting pitcher Lance Baxter struggled through three innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits.  Shawn Teufel pitched two innings in relief, and while he allowed a run on two hits, he recorded all six outs via the strikeout.

Strikeouts were once again a problem for the Tigers hitters, who struck out 12 times against three different Lake Monsters pitchers.

The Tigers will wrap up their road trip with a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners beginning on Wednesday.  Right-handed pitcher Clemente Mendoza (0-0, 4.50) is expected to get the start for Connecticut.

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

Monsters beat Tigers 5-3

June 21, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers fell to the Vermont Lake Monsters 5-3 Monday night at Centennial Field in Burlington, Vt.

Vermont starting pitcher Graham Hicks baffled Tigers hitters for the game’s first five innings, recording eight strikeouts and allowing one earned run.

A solo home run off the bat of Matt Mansilla gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.  The Tigers tacked on two more in the fourth after a pair of Vermont errors and a Josh Ashenbrenner double.

Tigers starting pitcher Josue Carreno cruised through the first three innings, before struggling with his command in the bott0m of the fourth, surrendering three walks and five runs in the inning.

The Tigers bullpen pitched well in the losing effort, as Michael Torrealba, Tyler Clark, Brennan Smith and Drew Gagnier combined to pitch 4.2 shutout innings in relief of Carreno.

The Tigers wrap up their brief two-game series with Vermont Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Lance Baxter is expected to start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Bobby Hansen.

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