Greene Shines and Offense Explodes in Win Vs Tri-City

Tigers total highest run total of the season in the win

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By Elijah Gonzalez / Connecticut Tigers | July 16, 2019 12:07 AM

Norwich, CT -  Riley Greene went 3-for-6 with four RBI and a home run to help power the Connecticut Tigers (14-16) to a 14-10 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats (12-17). Greene hit his first career New York-Penn League home run at Dodd Stadium.

Zach Biermann got the ValleyCats on the board in the first inning with a three-run home run to make it 3-0.

After stranding the bases loaded in the first, the Tigers found the bats in the second. Gresuan Silverio got the scoring started coming in on a wild pitch from Derek West (Loss, 0-1) to make it 3-1. Greene delivered his first two RBIs with a two-RBI single to right field to tie the game at 3-3.

On a stolen base by Greene heading to second, the throw got away from the second baseman and allowed Ryan Kreidler to score and give the Tigers the lead. Kona Quiggle and Jordan Verdon each delivered an RBI single in the inning to push the lead to 6-3.

Connecticut put the final touches on the inning with another wild pitch to make it 7-3. The ValleyCats had five walks in the inning. Quiggle finished the night 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three walks, and Verdon picked up his team-leading 12th RBI of the season.

Nate Perry got Tri-City back on the board with a three-run home run to cut the deficit to 7-6. The Tigers answered in the bottom half of the inning.

After Jose King tripled to start the inning, Kreidler delivered a single to center to score King. The next batter, Greene, sent a towering home run over the right-center field wall to make it 10-6.

After scoring a run on a fielder's choice to make it 11-6, Silverio hit a sacrifice fly to push the lead up to 12-6. Juanrael Paulino started off the fourth win a solo-home run to right to cut the lead back to five.

After a scoreless fourth for the Tigers, Avery Tuck singled home a run in the fifth to make it 13-7. Tuck went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Left-handed side-arm pitcher Kory Behenna (Win, 2-1) came in the fifth inning to pitch 2.2 scoreless frames with one hit and a strikeout.

Both teams pushed across a run in the eighth frame including a pinch hit single by E.P. Reese for Tri-City. King pushed across Tuck on an RBI groundout for Connecticut for their season-high 14th run of the contest.

Korey Lee homered to left-center field, and Bryan Arias brought home a run on a sacrifice fly to right to make it 14-10 in the ninth. Austin Anderson was able to hold off the charge and get the final outs of the contest.  

The Connecticut Tigers are off tomorrow before hitting the road for a doubleheader against the Aberdeen IronBirds on Tuesday. You can catch all the action on Tuesday from Ripken Stadium on the Norwich Courtyard by Marriott Connecticut Tigers Radio Network on 1310 WICH. Elijah Gonzalez will have the call. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

The Connecticut Tigers are the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut. 2019 individual game tickets, season memberships for "The Club", mini plans, and team merchandise are on sale now! The front office and box office are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and can be accessed in person, online at www.cttigers.com, or by calling (860) 887-7962

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