Burlington, VT - The Connecticut Tigers (33-39) defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters (32-41) by a score of 6-4 Sunday night at Centennial Field. RHP Fernando Cruzado (1-3) of the Lake Monsters helped the Tigers out by giving up three walks in the 10th inning. With the bases loaded Cruzado hit SS Curt Powell (1-5) in the calf that brought in the go ahead run at 5-4. Cruzado walked the next batter RF Ben Verlander (2-4) that scored 2B Steven Negron (1-4) to make the score 6-4.
The Tigers bullpen was phenomenal in relief of starter RHP Chase Edwards. The bullpen pitched five innings while giving up one run on four hits and struck out 10 batters. RHP Johnnie Kirkland (4-2) picked up his fourth win of the season as he pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and gave up one hit at six strike outs. Kirkland retired the first seven batters he faced and struck out six batters in a row. RHP Scott Sitz (3) picked up his third save of the season pitching 0.2 scoreless innings.
The Tigers who struggled with runners on base 3-15 and left 13 total on base got the runs when they mattered the most. RF Ben Verlander (2-4) contributed with a pair of hits including two RBI's. 1B Jesus Ustariz (3-4) continued his recent hot streak with three hits including a double and three runs scored. LF Kasey Coffman (1-5) chipped in with an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that cut the lead to one run at 3-2. Negron provided the Tigers with an RBI single. The Tigers had six runs on 12 hits.
First round draft pick CF Billy McKinney (3-5) highlighted the Lake Monster with three hits, an RBI, and a run scored, Seven of the nine batters for Vermont had at least one hit in the game. DH Ryan Healy (0-5) had an RBI ground out in the first inning that gave the Lake Monsters an early 1-0 lead.
The Tigers head out to Hudson Valley to take on the Renegades for their final three games of the season starting tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Austin Pritcher (3-3, 2.96) takes the mound for the Tigers. The Renegades send out LHP Derek Loera (2-1, 2.84). Pregame radio coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on AM 1310 WICH. You can also stream the game at cttigers.com
The Connecticut Tigers are the Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and play in the New York-Penn League. The Tigers are in their 4th season at Dodd Stadium. Tickets are now on sale! The Box Office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, tickets can be purchased over the phone at (860) 887-7962. For more information go online to cttigers.com.