Lake Monsters trailed 6-3 with one out in the bottom of the ninth when Jordan Tripp struckout, but reached first base on a wild pitch and Xavier Macklin followed with a walk to put runners at first and second still with one out.
Chad Lewis grounded a 2-1 pitch into centerfield to score Tripp to cut the lead to two and Chad Oberacker then laced a 2-2 delievery through the left side scoring Macklin to make it 6-5. Tri-City reliever Juan Rosario struckout Jacob Tanis for the second out, but Diomedes Lopez tied the game with a line drive single on a 2-2 pitch to right scoring Lewis.
Travis Smink relieved Rosario and walked Aaron Shipman to load the bases before quickly getting ahead of Sean Jamieson 0-2. But Jamieson fouled the next two pitches hard foul down the leftfield line before drilling a game-ending single to leftcenter scoring Oberacker with the winning run.
Tri-City had built a 4-0 lead with a run in the second and three more in the third before Vermont was able to cut the deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth with two runs on a wild pitch and Lewis RBI groundout. The ValleyCats scored their sixth run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Matt Duffy, who was 1-for-3 with a double.
Vermont starter Seth Frankoff left after just 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits, but three Lake Monster relievers combined to allowed two runs on six hits over the final 6 2/3 innings to keep Vermont close enough for the comeback. Logan Chitwood (1-0) had a strikeout in a scoreless ninth for the win.
Lewis was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, while Tripp scored twice to increase his league-leading run total to 17 (has scored at least one run in 10 straight games). Miles Hamblin was 4-for-5 with three runs scored for Tri-City (6-10), while Rosario (0-1) was charged with all four ninth inning runs for the loss.
Vermont (10-5), which has won five of its last six games, heads out on a five-game roadtrip with two at Tri-City and a three-game series at Brooklyn before they return to Centennial Field next Saturday, July 9th.The roadtrip opens at Tri-City on Monday starting at 6:00 pm.