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Mansilla, Sedon and Hess promoted

July 26, 2010

Matt Mansilla has been promoted to Lakeland

The Connecticut Tigers roster got a bit smaller Monday as three players were promoted to higher levels.

Outfielder Matt Mansilla and infielder Chris Sedon were promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers and relief pitcher Kevan Hess was promoted to the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Mansilla had two home runs and a .130 batting average in 17 games with Connecticut.  Sedon had one home run and a .333 batting average in six games.

Hess, an important member of the Connecticut bullpen, had a 2.87 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched.


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.

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.

P.J. Polk injured in Tigers 5-3 victory

June 20, 2010

Designated hitter P.J. Polk limped off the field after grounding out in the first inning of Sunday’s 5-3 win against the Tri-City Valleycats.

Polk was replaced by Ryan Enos, who had been scheduled to get the day off after starting at designated hitter in each of the Tigers first two games.

Starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo turned in an excellent effort, allowing only one run in seven innings of work and earning the win in his first appearance of the season.

Left fielder Matt Mansilla led the Tigers offense, going two for five with a home run and two runs batted in.  Third baseman Matt Perry contributed two hits and a walk and first baseman James Robbins scored twice.

The Tigers will travel to Burlington, Vt. for a two game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters beginning Monday.  Right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno is the scheduled starter for the Tigers.

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

Tigers in EST: Matt Mansilla

April 28, 2010

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Matt Mansilla joined the Tigers organization after being selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 MLB draft.  He showed good tools including speed and power while playing for the College of Charleston, but struggled during his first taste of professional baseball last summer.

After signing a pro contract, Mansilla was assigned to the Oneonta Tigers of the New York-Penn League.  He showed good arm strength, racking up four assists in 41 games in left field for the O-Tigers, but his offensive production was miserable.  In 120 at bats, Mansilla hit .175 and slugged .267.

On the bright side, Mansilla showed good patience, drawing a walk in 10.4 percent of his plate appearances.  Additionally, he seems to have been a victim of bad luck.  His batting average on balls in play was .224, which is much lower than one would expect from a player like Mansilla who has above-average speed.

Mansilla will likely be assigned to Connecticut in June, where he will look to put 2009 behind him.  With a little luck, Mansilla should post significantly better numbers his second time around the New York-Penn League.

Name: Matt Mansilla

DOB: May 25, 1986

Drafted: 22nd round, 2009

School: College of Charleston