BURLINGTON, VT - Carlos Sanabria didn't allow a run while striking out six in four innings, Dustin Hunt and Abdiel Saldaña hurled five innings of scoreless relief, and Ronnie Dawson hit a two run double as the ValleyCats (35-34) shut out the Lake Monsters, 3-0, on Monday night at Centennial Field.
Starting his first game for the 'Cats this season, Sanabria held Vermont (24-45) in check for his four innings of work, before being lifted from the ballgame due to pitch count.
Tri-City pitching limited Vermont to just five hits, but walked six Lake Monster batters, who went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Hunt (1-1) earned his first professional victory, tossing two hitless innings. Saldaña earned his first save of the season, throwing the final three innings of the ballgame and allowing just two hits.
Ronnie Dawson continued his hot play as of late by plating two 'Cats with a double to right in the third. In his last five games, he is batting .400 with 10 hits and five RBI.
Taylor Jones then singled home Dawson to give the 'Cats a 3-0 lead, which is all it would take to seal the victory.
Carmen Benedetti chipped in with two singles, and was the only 'Cat with a multi-hit game.
Even with the win, the ValleyCats streak of four straight Stedler Division titles has officially come to an end, as division leading Lowell won their fifth straight game, eliminating the 'Cats from contention.
In the wild card race, Tri-City still holds a very slim chance as they trail the Staten Island Yankees by five and a half games with seven to play.
The 'Cats host the Yankees for three games in their final regular season homestand of the year beginning on Thursday night.
The ValleyCats and Lake Monsters play the middle game of their three game set on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. in Vermont. SouthPaw Austin Nicely (5-3, 6.17 ERA) will be on the bump for Tri-City.