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Connecticut Tigers pitching leaders

September 7, 2010

Earned Run Average

1. Brennan Smith- 3.38
2. Rayni Guichardo- 3.86
3. Clemente Mendoza- 4.61


1. Clemente Mendoza- 1.32
2. Brennan Smith- 1.33
3. Josue Carreno- 1.51


1. Josue Carreno- 59
2. Brennan Smith- 58
3. Clemente Mendoza- 56

Innings Pitched

1. Clemente Mendoza- 84.0
2. Brennan Smith- 69.1
3. Josue Carreno- 64.1


August players of the month

September 2, 2010

Clemente Mendoza was 4-1 in August

Starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza and relief pitcher Miguel Mejia have been selected as the Connecticut Tiger Den players of the month for August.

Mendoza finished the month with a 1.80 ERA, 27 strikeouts and seven walks in 40.0 innings pitched.  His best performance came on August 31, when he pitched eight shutout innings in Connecticut’s win over the Aberdeen IronBirds.

Mejia was an extremely valuable long reliever in the month of August, posting a 0.75 ERA, 26 strikeouts and five walks in 24.0 innings pitched.  He is currently working on a 17-inning scoreless streak.

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.

Mendoza helps Tigers snap skid

July 15, 2010

Connecticut Tigers starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza entered Thursday’s game against the State College Spikes with a 1-3 record and a 7.88 ERA, disappointing numbers for a player who had led the Oneonta Tigers in ERA the previous season.

Clemente Mendoza pitched 8 scoreless innings to shut down the Spikes offense

If Thursday night’s performance is any indication, Mendoza is back on track.  The 19-year-old right-hander baffled the Spikes, pitching eight innings of two-hit ball while recording seven strikeouts.  In the process, Mendoza helped the Tigers snap a four-game losing streak.

Spikes starting pitcher Zack Dodson held the Tigers scoreless through the first two innings, but the Connecticut offense broke through with two-out rally in the third.

Alexander Nunez got the Tigers offense going by crushing a double to deep left center field.  Matt Perry followed with single that was just deep enough to score Nunez, who dove head-first into home plate to slip under the tag.

Chris Sedon worked a walk to keep the rally going.  Then Perry and Sedon moved up 90 feet after a passed ball by Spikes catcher Matthew Skirving.  Julio Rodriguez walked to load the bases for James Robbins, who sharply hit a ground ball up the middle for a two RBI single.

Robbins added a third RBI to his total with a fifth-inning double that scored Perry from third base and gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

The Tigers would add a fifth and final run in the eighth inning when Ryan Soares scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Londell Taylor.

Tigers relief pitcher Antonio Cruz finished the game using a 90-91 mph fastball and a high 70s slider to navigate through the heart of the Spikes’ batting order in the ninth inning.

The Tigers will conclude their series with the Spikes at 7:05 p.m. on Friday at Dodd Stadium.  Patrick Cooper (1-1, 4.09) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Quinton Miller (0-0, 5.40) of the Spikes.

Tigers split doubleheader

July 10, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers split Saturday’s doubleheader with the Batavia Muckdogs, losing game one 5-3 and winning game two 8-1.

Clemente Mendoza was charged with the loss in game one.  He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks in five innings of work.  Antonio Cruz pitched a scoreless inning in relief  in his first appearance since getting hit in the left arm by a line drive.

Alexander Nunez and Josh Ashenbrenner both had productive games offensively, with Nunez going 2-3 with a walk and Ashenbrenner going 3-3 with a walk and a double.

Patrick Lawson, who made a spot start for the Tigers in the second game of the doubleheader, allowed one run in four innings with one walk and three strikeouts.  Tyler Clark pitched three scoreless relief innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

P.J. Polk, Ryan Enos, Eric Roof, Les Smith and Ryan Soares all had two-hit games in the Tigers’ victory.

The Tigers will continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters in Williamsport, Pa.  The Crosscutters, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, are currently tied for second place in the Pinckney Division with an 11-11 record.  The Tigers are 13-9, which puts them in second place in the Stedler Division.

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.

Spinners top Tigers 6-1

June 23, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers lost to the Lowell Spinners 6-1 Wednesday in Lowell, Mass.

Starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits through 5.2 innings pitched.  Center fielder Jeff Rowland had a productive night offensively, getting a hit in three of his four plate appearances.

Lowell starting pitcher Roman Mendez earned the win, allowing one run in five innings of work.

Chris Mellen of and Mark Anderson of were both in the stands tweeting their thoughts on the game.  Here is a recap of their tweets:

Mellen on the Spinners:

Mendez comes out in the 1st pumping mid-90s gas and showing his SL. A bit inconsistent with his FB release. SL had some dart.

Mendez touches 97 and 98 on his swinging K’s in the 2nd. Commanded it well in inning. Very live arm and explosive FB.

1B Miles Head shoots a 3B into the RF gap. Nice easy swing and good job of going with pitch. Nice strength.

Mendez reaches back and hits a legit no-contact 99 in the 4th. Looked pretty free and easy. Delivery is nice and balanced.

Head rips a 2B on a line into the LF gap off the wall. Power looks pretty easy. Getting bat through zone well.

OF Brandon Jacobs lines a shot into the LF gap for another 2B. Flashed the power. Can drive it with authority.

Anderson on the Tigers:

Clemente Mendoza pitching “okay”, but nothing impressive…sitting 87-89/91…starting to use CB more frequently

To say that Londell Taylor gets bad jumps in the outfield, doesn’t do justice to players who get bad jumps.

The Connecticut Tigers are back in action Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the Lowell Spinners.  Luis Sanz (1-0, 0.00) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Madison Younginer (1-0, 0.00).

1B Miles Head shoots a 3B into the RF gap. Nice easy swing and good job of going with pitch. Nice strength.