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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 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.

Tigers celebrate 4th of July with 6-1 victory

July 4, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers offense provided plenty of fireworks in the Tigers’ 6-1 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Independence Day.

The Tigers finished the game with a season high 14 hits.  Ryan Enos and Matt Perry led the charge with three hits apiece and Brett Anderson hit his second home run of the season.

Matt Mansilla had a rough day offensively, going 0-4 with a strikeout, but he made up for it on the defensive end with a difficult sliding catch in left field.

Connecticut Tigers outfielder Chao-Ting Tang scores a run in the 2nd inning

The Tigers offense was aided by sloppy defense from the Scrappers, which allowed the Tigers to score three unearned runs off of Scrappers starting pitcher Kirk Wetmore.

Tigers starting pitcher Patrick Cooper earned the win in his first start of the season.  Cooper allowed two walks in the first inning, but wiggled out of the jam unscathed.  He allowed a run in the second after a Carlos Moncrief triple and a Brian Heere single, but that was the only run the Scrappers would score all game.  Cooper finished with a final line of 5.0 innings pitched, two hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.

Patrick Lawson pitched three shutout innings in relief of Cooper and Kevan Hess struck out the side in the ninth inning to end the game.

The Tigers play the Scrappers again on Monday at 7:05 p.m.  Left-handed pitcher Rayni Guichardo (1-0, 7.50) is expected to start for the Tigers.

Click here for a link to the box score.

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

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.

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 in EST: Brett Anderson

May 6, 2010

Photo courtesy of Roger DeWitt

Brett Anderson had intended to play baseball for Franklin Pierce College after graduating from high school, but the Bristol, Conn. native’s plans changed when he was selected by the Tigers in the 12th round of the 2008 draft.  Eager to begin his professional career, Anderson chose to forgo college and sign a pro contract with the Tigers.

After signing, Anderson was assigned to the GCL Tigers.  He struggled in his debut season, appearing in 39 games and hitting .178.  He struck out in 27% of his at bats, while drawing only 3 walks.

Anderson was re-assigned to the GCL Tigers in 2009, but his results were not much better.  He cut down on his strikeouts and showed a little more power, but the results were still not good, as he only managed a .216/.261/.255 slash line.

Anderson’s numbers indicate he is still a very raw prospect and at just 19-years-old, he has time to turn his career around.  The scouting report on Anderson’s profile indicates he should add power as he fills out his lean 6-foot-3 185 pound frame.

Anderson is inexperienced as a third baseman, having played shortstop in high school, but TigsTown says he has a chance to be good defender at third base thanks to his strong arm and solid hands.

Name: Brett Anderson

DOB: Sept. 3, 1990

Bats-Throws: Right-Right

Drafted: 12th round, 2008

School: Bristol Eastern High School, Bristol, Conn.