NORWICH, CT- Brian Howard, Oscar Tovar, and Wandisson Charles combined on a four-hit shutout to send the Vermont Lake Monsters to a 2-0 win over Connecticut and a three-game sweep of the series at Dodd Stadium Thursday night. Howard, making his first professional appearance, went two shutout innings, while Tovar (1-0) went five and Charles the final two to put Vermont in first place by a game in the Stedler Division.
Connecticut starter Matt Manning pitched well, but was undone by a pair of throwing errors in the fourth for the game's only runs. Ryan Gridley doubled to send Payton Squier to third, who then tried to score on an errant throw from right field. Gridley then trotted home on a throwing error trying to get Squier at the plate.
In all, Manning (1-1) went six innings, giving up six hits, two unearned runs, while striking out three as his ERA dropped to 1.65 on the season.
With the loss, the Tigers fell out of first place for the first time this season. They head to Lowell to open a three-game set with the Spinners starting Friday night at 6:35. You can hear all games on 1310 WICH and online at cttigers.com
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