Norwich, CT - Ryan Kreidler went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI, but the Connecticut Tigers (9-12) fell by a final score of 14-12 to the Vermont Lake Monsters (9-13). Kreidler was a home run shy of the cycle for Connecticut.
The Tigers got the scoring started in the first inning. Jake Holton and Hector Martinez each singled home a run to begin the inning. They made it 3-0 when Cooper Johnson scored on a wild pitch. Holton finished the night 2-for-4 with four runs scored, two RBI and two walks.
Vermont answered in the top half of the second inning. Michael Woodworth singled home two runs to make it 3-2. Kevin Richards gave Vermont the lead with a two-RBI double to make it 4-3. Woodworth and Richards combined for seven RBIs for the Lake Monsters.
In the third, Connecticut took the lead back to make it 5-4. Gresuan Silvero grounded into a fielder's choice and Holton came in to score along with Kreidler, after a throwing error by Yerdel Vargas on the throw to first.
The lead did not last long as Vermont put up a two-spot in the top half of the fourth. Woodworth doubled home a run to tie the game, and Kevin Richards gave the lead to Vermont with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-5.
In the bottom of the inning, Kreidler got the scoring started with an RBI triple to tie the game. After Holton walked, Martinez delivered a three-run home run off of Carolos Sanchez (Win, 1-0) to make it 9-6. Martinez finished the night 2-for-5 with five RBI. Sanchez went went 2.2 innings with three hits, three runs, three strikeouts and two walks.
Vermont posted a seven-run inning in the top half of the sixth to take the lead for good. The frame started with a RBI single by Nick Osborne off of Bairon De La Rosa (Loss, 0-2). The inning was headlined by a three-run home run by Lawrence Butler to make it 13-9.
The Tigers scored two runs in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 13-11. Vermont tacked on an insurance run in the in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Richards to make it 14-11. In the ninth, the Tigers got the tying run to second, but Jorge Martinez (Save, 1) closed the door for Vermont winning the contest 14-12.
The Connecticut Tigers are back in action tomorrow to begin a six-game road trip with a series against the Staten Island Yankees. Carson Lance 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 6:05 p.m.
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