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Tigers defeat IronBirds 1-0 in home finale

September 2, 2010

Rayni Guichardo earned the win Thursday

Despite getting outhit eight to four, the Connecticut Tigers won their final home game of the 2010 regular season Thursday thanks to excellent pitching and a timely sacrifice fly.

Tigers starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo and relievers Drew Gagnier, Logan Hoch and Miguel Mejia combined to shutout the Aberdeen IronBirds in the 1-0 victory.

Connecticut scored the game’s lone run in the first inning when P.J. Polk tagged up from third base on a shallow fly ball off the bat of Julio Rodriguez.

Aberdeen threatened to score in the later innings, loading the bases in the seventh and getting a runner on second base in the ninth, but failed to score on both occasions.

The Tigers will finish the regular season on the road with a three-game series against the IronBirds beginning on Friday.


Walks doom Tigers in 12-0 loss

August 6, 2010

Control problems haunted the Connecticut Tigers pitching staff in Friday’s 12-0 loss to the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dodd Stadium.

Josue Carreno struggled with his command on Friday

Starting pitcher Josue Carreno and relievers Drew Gagnier, Tyler White and Logan Hoch combined to walk 12 Renegades hitters in the lopsided loss.

The Renegades offense ended up scoring 12 runs on 12 hits on a night when nothing seemed to go right for the Tigers.  In addition to its pitching woes, Connecticut made two errors and failed to turn two seemingly tailor-made double plays.

Alexander Nunez and P.J. Polk were the only Tigers to notch hits.  Nunez lined a single to left field in the fourth inning and Polk smacked a triple to right center field in the ninth inning.  Both were stranded on the basepaths.

The loss ended a nine-game homestand on which the Tigers went 5-4 and briefly ascended to first place in the Stedler Division standings (they are currently a half a game behind the Vermont Lake Monsters).

The Tigers will now travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. for a three-game series with the Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets affiliate, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Brennan Smith (0-3, 2.97) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Connecticut.

July Players of the Month

August 2, 2010

James Robbins

First baseman James Robbins and right-handed relief pitcher Drew Gagnier have been selected as the Connecticut Tiger Den players of the month for July.

In 92 at bats, Robbins complied a.315 batting average, .370 on-base percentage and .511 slugging percentage.  He also had two home runs and 18 runs batted in.

Gagnier had a 2.08 earned run average and 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched.

Tigers and Valleycats split doubleheader

July 31, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers won a 2-1 pitcher’s duel in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, but dropped the second game 3-1 to the Tri-City Valleycats.

Rayni Guichardo earned the win in game one of the doubleheader.

Tri-City opening the scoring in the fifth inning of game one, when Enrique Hernandez laced an RBI double to left field to score Ben Orloff from first base.

Connecticut answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.

Julio Rodriguez led the inning off with a single up the middle.  Les Smith followed with sharply hit ground ball that glanced off the second baseman’s glove and rolled into right field.  Rodriguez advanced to third on the play and Smith moved up to second after Tri-City right fielder Adam Bailey tried to throw Rodriguez out at third.  Brett Anderson followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Rodriguez and advanced Smith to third.

The next batter, Chao-Ting Tang, gave the Tigers the lead with a sacrifice fly to left field.  Tri-City left fielder Wilton Infante had a chance to throw Smith out at the plate, but his throw sailed over catcher Ben Heath’s head and hit the netting above the backstop behind home plate.

Ryan Enos had two hits in game two.

The two fifth inning runs were all the Tigers pitchers would need, as Rayni Guichardo cruised to victory, allowing only one run in six innings of work and Tyler White pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn his second save of the season.

The Tigers pitching staff was less successful in game two, as spot starter Miguel Mejia allowed two earned runs in three innings and reliever Drew Gagnier allowed one run in two innings.

The Tigers’ only run came in the fourth inning when Ryan Enos scored on James Robbins double.  Enos finished the game with two hits and a walk in three trips to the plate.

The Tigers and Valleycats will lock horns again with a game beginning at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday at Dodd Stadium.  Josue Carreno (2-4, 4.97) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Tigers.

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 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 draft wrap-up: Day 2

June 8, 2010

Here is a look at the 29 players the Tigers selected on day two of the 2010 MLB draft.  Connecticut Tigers fans should pay special attention to the college players, many of whom will play at Dodd Stadium this summer.

Drew Smyly/Photo courtesy of

Round 2: Drew Smyly, LHP, Arkansas– Smyly throws a 90-93 mph fastball and has shown an ability to hold that velocity deep in games, hitting 93 on the radar gun in the ninth inning against Georgia on April 16.  According to’s Draft Tracker, Smyly also throws an average curveball, an 84-86 mph cutter and a changeup.  He could be assigned to Connecticut when he signs, but he will be a late arrival because his Arkansas Razorbacks have advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Round 3: Rob Brantly, C, UC Riverside– Brantly has shown the ability to hit with wooden bats as he led the Northwoods League in batting average in 2009.  He should stick behind the plate and has good offensive upside.  Assuming he signs, Brantly is a possibility for the Connecticut Tigers roster, but he may be assigned to a full-season club considering the dearth of catching talent in the Tigers’ minor league system.

Round 4: Cole Green, RHP, TexasBaseball America says Green throws an 88-92 mph fastball, a sinking changeup that is “devastating against lefthanded hitters” and a slider.  Green has been a force for Texas this season as is among the best pitchers in college baseball.  Like fellow Tigers draftee and Longhorns teammate Chance Ruffin, Green is a candidate to be assigned to the Connecticut Tigers, but he will not sign a pro contract until Texas finishes its NCAA tournament run.

Round 5: Alexander Burgos, LHP, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota– Draft expert Andy Seiler says Burgos throws an 89-91 mph fastball, an above-average curveball with sharp break, an above-average changeup and a slider.  He has excellent command of all of his pitches, but his lack of velocity limits his upside.  Burgos will likely be assigned to Connecticut when he signs.

Round 6: Bryan Holaday, C, TCUSeiler says Holaday is an excellent defensive catcher with above-average arm strength.  Offensively, Seiler says Holaday is a gap hitter with below-average power.  He projects as a backup catcher at the big league level and is a candidate to spend time with the Connecticut Tigers this season.

Round 7: Corey Jones, 2B, Cal State-Fullerton– Jones improved his draft stock last summer by hitting well with wooden bats in the Northwoods League and winning the league MVP award.  Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game USA says Jones’ best attributes are his bat speed and his approach to hitting, while scouts question his power potential.  He will likely be assigned to Connecticut if he signs.

Round 8: Patrick Leyland, C, Bishop Canevin HS (Pa.)– The son of Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, Patrick will likely be assigned to the Gulf Coast League if he signs.  If not, he will attend the University of Maryland.

Round 9: Tony Plagman, 1B, Georgia Tech– Plagman is a power-hitting first baseman, but some think he will struggle with the transition from metal to wooden bats.  He should be an easy sign as a college senior and will likely be assigned to Connecticut.

Round 10: Cole Nelson, LHP, Auburn– Nelson has a huge frame at 6-foot-7 and 233 pounds.  Baseball America says he throws an 89-92 mph fastball and a good breaking ball.  He will likely be assigned to Connecticut if he signs.

Round 11: Brian Dupra, RHP, Notre DameEbert says Dupra throws a 91-94 mph fastball, a slider and a curveball.  He will likely be a part of the Connecticut Tigers’ starting rotation if he signs.

Round 12: Kyle Ryan, LHP, Auburndale Senior HS (Fla.)Baseball America says he throws an 87-89 mph fastball that has touched 90 mph and a slurvy breaking ball.  Considering his lanky 6-foot-5 180 pound frame, Ryan should add velocity as he matures.  If he signs, he will probably be assigned to the GCL Tigers.

Round 13: P.J. Polk, OF, Tennessee– Polk is an undersized left fielder at 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, but he has been a productive player during his career at Tennessee.  He will likely be assigned to Connecticut if he signs.

Round 14: Patrick Cooper, RHP, Bradley– Cooper’s arsenal includes a fastball, slider and changeup.  According to the Bradley Braves Examiner, Cooper’s fastball was 90-93 mph last summer in the Cape Cod League, but his velocity regressed to the high 80s this spring.  He could be a tough sign, as he may want to return to Bradley for his senior season to improve his draft stock.  If he signs, Cooper will probably head to Connecticut.

Round 15: Collin Kuhn, OF, Arkansas– Kuhn has been surging lately, as he was named MVP of the Fayetteville Regional after going 7-for-17 with four home runs over the weekend. If he signs, he will be a late arrival to a minor league team as Arkansas has advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Round 16: Jordan Pratt, RHP, Arkansas– Another Razorback, Pratt is a relief pitcher who will probably be assigned to Connecticut when Arkansas’ season ends.

Round 17: Drew Gagnier, RHP, OregonAccording to The Baseball Northwest Blog, Gagnier throws a fastball that gets up to 93 mph and a splitter.  He is an important part of Oregon’s bullpen and is the younger brother of L.J. Gagnier, who is a pitcher with the Toledo Mud Hens.

Round 18: Josh Ashenbrenner, 2B, Lewis-Clark State

Round 19: Jeff Rowland, OF, Georgia Tech– Rowland is a left-handed hitter with leadoff skills.  He is also a good defender in center field.

Round 20: Tyler White, RHP, Alabama– Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard told that White throws his fastball between 90 and 94 miles per hour.  He is a relief pitcher.

Round 21: James Meador, OF, San Diego– Meador led San Diego in multiple offensive categories this season, but missed the NCAA tournament after fracturing his left hand.

Round 22: Jake Hernandez, C, Los Osos HS (Calif.)– Hernandez is an excellent defensive catcher, but there are questions about his bat.  ESPN’s Keith Law ranked him the fourth best catcher in the draft, but it will be tough to pry him away from his college commitment to USC.

Round 23: Dominic Ficociello, SS, Fullerton HS (Calif.)– Like Hernandez, Ficociello will be difficult to sign.  Baseball America says he has excellent bat speed, which allows him to generate power despite his skinny frame.

Round 24: Tyler Clark, RHP, MissouriThe Columbia Daily Tribune says Clark throws his fastball in the low 90s.

Round 25: Shawn Teufel, LHP, LibertyBaseball America says Teufel “has a solid four-pitch mix and can run his fastball up to 90-91 at times.”  He is the son of former major leaguer Tim Teufel.

Round 26: Jeff Ferrell, RHP, Pitt CCA scout told Star News Online that Ferrell has a good changeup.  He is a relief pitcher with good size at 6-foot-3.

Round 27: Les Smith, OF, St. Louis CC Meramec

Round 28: Jack Duffey, LHP, The Heritage School (Ga.)

Round 29: Chris Joyce, LHP, Central Arizona College– Joyce was the tenth round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.

Round 30: Logan Hoch, LHP, Wichita State– Hoch is a senior lefty reliever who should be an easy sign.