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June 29, 2010

Jeff Rowland is moving up to West Michigan

Outfielder Jeff Rowland and relief pitcher Matt Little have been re-assigned from the Connecticut Tigers to the West Michigan Whitecaps.  Rowland hit .341 in 11 games as Connecticut’s center fielder and leadoff hitter.  Little had a 1.50 ERA with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched with Connecticut.

Starting pitcher Lance Baxter has been re-assigned from the Connecticut Tigers to the Gulf Coast League Tigers.  Baxter struggled in his two starts with Connecticut, posting a 10.50 ERA in six innings pitched.

Outfielder Les Smith and relief pitcher Tyler White have been called up to Connecticut to replace Rowland and Little.  Smith hit .368 with one home run and seven RBI in five games with the GCL Tigers.  White had a 16.20 ERA in 1.2 innings pitched for the GCL Tigers.


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.

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.

Scouting Lance Baxter

June 16, 2010

Lance Baxter/Photo courtesy of Bobby McDuffie

Left-handed pitcher Lance Baxter signed a free agent contract with the Tigers after going unselected in the 2010 MLB draft.  He posted a 4.81 ERA in 88.0 innings pitched this season as a senior at South Alabama and showed the versatility to handle both starting and relieving.

South Alabama pitching coach Scot Sealy says Baxter throws five pitches including a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball with good sink, a cutter, a breaking ball and a changeup.  He adds and subtracts velocity to his fastball, throwing it anywhere between 86 and 90 miles per hour.  Sealy also says Baxter has the ability to throw any pitch in any count.

Despite his lack of overwhelming raw stuff, Baxter could have some success in the low minors thanks to his ability to change speeds.

According to Mark Anderson of, Baxter has been assigned to Connecticut.