Tigers Fall in Heartbreaker at Staten Island

Staten Island scores two runs in the ninth to win the contest

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By Elijah Gonzalez / Connecticut Tigers | July 8, 2019 10:14 PM

Staten Island, NY -  Xavier Javier pitched a season-high five scoreless innings, but the Staten Island Yankees (12-10) defeated the Connecticut Tigers (10-13) by a score of 2-1 on a walk-off based hit. Javier surrendered four hits for Connecticut on the mound.

Jack Kenley lead off the game for the Tigers with a double on the first pitch of the contest. 2019 first-round pick Riley Greene reached on an error to put runners at first and third in the inning.

Ryan Kreidler drove in Kenley on a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers up 1-0. Kreidler now has an RBI in the last three games for Connecticut. Greene finished the game 0-for-4 reaching twice on two errors by Staten Island.

The Tigers preserved the lead through eight innings. Kyle Thomas followed up the start from Javier with three scoreless innings of his own. Thomas now boasts a 0.82 earned-run average this season. The Tigers pitching staff did not surrender a walk in the game tonight.

In the bottom of the ninth, Ezequiel Duran lead off the inning with an infield single to put a runner on base for the Yankees. Andres Chaparro reached base on an error in the outfield by Connecticut. The runners advanced to second and third on the play.

Duran scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch by Raul De Los Reyes (Loss, 1-1). The batter at the plate, Jorge Saez , followed up the run by sending a line drive down the left-field line to bring in the winning run.

The two runs surrendered by De Los Reyes were both unearned. Tim Hardy (Win, 1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning stranding Greene at third base in the frame.

The Connecticut Tigers are back in action tomorrow against the Staten Island Yankees looking to win their third straight series. Chavez Fernander will be on the mound tomorrow night for the Tigers. You can catch all the action from Richmond County Bank Ballpark on the Norwich Courtyard by Marriott Connecticut Tigers Radio Network on 1310 WICH. Elijah Gonzalez will have the call. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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