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Ryan Soares promoted to Lakeland

April 12, 2011

Ryan Soares

Middle infielder Ryan Soares was promoted from extended spring training to the Lakeland Flying Tigers Monday.

Soares, 23, appeared in 38 games with the Connecticut Tigers in 2010, finishing the season with a .220 batting average, .248 on-base percentage and .283 slugging percentage.  He hit one home run and collected eight RBI during his time in Connecticut.

On defense, Soares committed six errors while splitting time between shortstop and second base.

He was the Tigers’ 36th round pick in the 2010 draft.

Tigers lose at damp Dodd

August 23, 2010

Many Connecticut Tigers players donned jackets in the dugout for the first time this season on a damp, windy Monday evening at Dodd Stadium.

Miguel Mejia pitched well in relief of Guichardo Monday

The wet conditions did not seem to suit the Tigers, who stumbled to a 10-2 loss to the Tri-City Valleycats.

Starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo struggled with his control, walking three and uncorking two wild pitches in just 1.1 innings pitched.  The outing was Guichardo’s shortest start of the season.

Miguel Mejia was a bright spot for the Tigers on an otherwise dreary night, as he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of Guichardo.

Alexander Nunez led the Tigers offense with a single, double and a run scored.  Ryan Soares went 1-2 with a walk and was the only other Tiger to reach base more than once.

The Tigers will embark on a four-game road trip to Tri-City and Vermont starting on Tuesday.  They will return home for a three-game series against the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday.

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 offense sputters in loss

August 2, 2010

Lowell Spinners starting pitcher Miguel Celestino shut down the Connecticut Tigers offense Monday, holding the Tigers to just one hit through six innings in Lowell’s 6-1 victory.

Celestino finished the game with six strikeouts and earned his first win as a Spinner.

Brennan Smith took the loss Monday

Tigers starting pitcher Brennan Smith held Lowell scoreless through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth when he allowed back to back singles to Joantoni Garcia and James Kang to lead off the inning.  Jose Iglesias, who is with Lowell on a rehab assignment, followed with a line drive to center field that dropped under the glove of a diving P.J. Polk .  Garcia and Kang both scored on the play and Iglesias hustled to third base for a triple.  Two batters later, Miles Head roped an RBI double to left field to score Iglesias.

Lowell added three more runs in the eighth inning with three straight RBI singles by Seth Schwindenhammer, David Renfroe and Joantoni Garcia.

The Tigers’ only run came in the ninth inning when Ryan Enos singled off of Spinners reliever Michael Hacker to drive in Ryan Soares.

The Tigers will continue their series with the Spinners on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Clemente Mendoza (2-4, 6.59) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Keith Couch (0-3, 2.97) of the Spinners.

Polk sparks Tigers offense in 2-1 victory

July 20, 2010

P.J. Polk used his speed to get the Connecticut Tigers offense going early in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters.

P.J. Polk takes a lead off of 3rd base

Polk led off the first inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Vermont shortstop Jason Martinson.  Alexander Nunez bunted Polk over to third and Matt Perry followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Vermont answered with a run in the top of the third when Martinson scored on an RBI double from David Freitas.

The score would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh inning when Ryan Soares started a two-out rally with a double to left field.  Polk followed with a line drive that deflected off the glove of the diving second baseman and into shallow center field.  Soares scored on the play and Polk was credited with an RBI single.

Things got dicey for Connecticut in the bottom of the ninth inning when Logan Hoch allowed back to back singles to Justin Miller and Ronnie Labrie.  Cole Leonida bunted to advance Labrie and Miller to second and third with only one out.

With the game on the line, Tigers manager Howard Bushong called on Tyler White to replace the struggling Hoch on the mound.  White entered the game with an ugly 22.50 ERA, but he responded to the challenge, using 89-92 mph fastballs and low 80s sliders to strike out Kevin Keyes and Chad Mozingo to end the game.

Relief pitcher Miguel Mejia earned the win, pitching three shutout innings in relief of starter Brennan Smith.

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

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.