Norwich, CT - The Connecticut Tigers (10-11) defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters (8-13) by a score of 4-2 Saturday night at Dodd Stadium. The Tigers bullpen was the difference in the win over Vermont. As a team the Tigers used three relief pitchers that pitched seven scoreless innings while giving up three hits and struck out seven batters.
Tigers RHP Johan Belisario (2-0) picked up his second win of the season in a relief role as he pitched 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out two. RHP Joe Jimenez (S, 2) picked up his second save of the season as he pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out one batter. In his Connecticut debut, starter RHP AJ Ladwig (0-0) pitched two innings while allowing two runs on three hits and struck out four batters. As a team the pitchers used for Connecticut struck out 11 Lake Monster batters.
The Tigers grabbed offensive production from several players in the game. SS Joey Pankake (1-4) had the biggest at bat in the game as he hit an RBI groundout that scored LF Rashad Brown (0-4) as it put the Tigers in front at 3-2. The run scored proved to be the game winning run of the night. C Tim Remes (1-4) hit into two double plays in the win, but got redemption in the eighth inning as he delivered an insurance RBI single that scored 3B Steven Fuentes (3-4) which gave the Tigers a lead at 4-2. 2B Domingo Leyba (3-4) put forth a productive night as he had three hits including a double and a run scored. RF Mike Gerber (1-4) extended his hit streak to 11 games. Brown's hit streak came to an end at eight games.
In Game 1 of the doubleheader tomorrow, Tigers RHP Chase Edwards (2-1, 1.82) is slated to face Vermont's RHP AJ Burke (1-0, 1.96). In Game 2, Tigers RHP Spencer Turnball (0-0, 0.00) is slated to face RHP Corey Miller (0-0, 0.00). Tomorrow do not miss out on the continuation of the Fourth of July Weekend presented by Navy Federal Credit Union! The gates will open at 2:30 p.m. for a very special Sunday Funday. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free slice of apple pie. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 3:30 p.m. Each game will be a seven inning contest with a 30 minute break between. Following the second game of the doubleheader will be Kids Run The Bases presented by Ben & Jerry's and Have a Catch presented by Falvey's and ROXY 100.9 FM. Fireworks presented by US Foods will follow the Sunday Funday festivities to cap off the Fourth of July Weekend. The pregame shows starts at 3:15 on 1310 WICH and online at www.cttigers.com.
The Connecticut Tigers are the Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and play in the New York-Penn League. The Tigers are in their 5th season at Dodd Stadium. Tickets are now on sale! The Box Office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, tickets can be purchased over the phone at (860) 887-7962. For more information go online to cttigers.com.
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