STATEN ISLAND, NY- The Connecticut Tigers got a big night from their 8th and 9th hitters, Hector Martinez and Andres Sthormes, as they jumped out to a quick 7-run lead and blasted the State Island Yankees 9-2 at Richmond County Ballpark Friday night.
The two combined to go 6-for-10 with 4 runs scored and five RBI as the Tigers kept their thin playoffs hopes alive with their second win in three tries against the Yanks.
After scoring an unearned run in the first, the Tigers strung together five hits and a passed ball to plate three more in the second.
They turned the contest into a rout with three more in the third, as Sthormes plated two with a two-out base hit to left field to make it 7-0.
Sthromes added two more in the fifth with his first home run of the season, a line drive over the left field fence to make it 9-0.
Dane Myers (1-2) was outstanding over five shutout innings, getting his first win of the year while giving up just two hits. Colyn O'Connell and Felix Viloria finished up to send Connecticut two games over .500 with just six to play.
In addition to Martinez and Sthormes, the Tigers' 15-hit attack was paced by Garrett McCain (3-for-5) and Colby Bortles and Jordan Pearce, who added two hits apiece.
The Tigers wrap up their seven game trip against the Yankees Saturday at 7 before returning to Norwich for their final homestand of the season, a three-game set with Brooklyn.
Tickets for all home games are available at the Dodd Stadium box office, online at www.cttigers.com, or by phone at (860) 887-7962.
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