STATEN ISLAND, NY- The Staten Island Yankees managed a split in their four-game series with the Connecticut Tigers Saturday night, winning the final tilt between the two teams 4-1 in a game called in the bottom of the fifth by a heavy downpour in New York City.
The Tigers (35-34) drew first blood in the top of the third as Will Savage blooped a one-out single to center field. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, he scored on a Cole Peterson single to give the Tigers a short-lived lead.
In the bottom of the frame, the Yankees used three hits, two walks and a hit batter to grab a 3-1 lead. They tacked on another in the fourth off Connecticut starter Oswaldo Castillo (3-3).
Rain had been falling throughout the game, and picked up in the fifth after Castillo threw two straight pitches behind Staten island's Wilkerman Garcia. When the second one grazed the Yankee, Castillo and Garcia exchanged words and both benches emptied, with plenty of talking but nothing further. At that point, with the rain pouring down, the game was stopped and ultimately called a half-hour later.
The Tigers loss, coupled with Vermont's defeat at Hudson Valley, means Connecticut (four games out) is still in the playoff chase with just five games to go. The Tigers will open their final homestand of the season, a three-game set against Brooklyn, on Sunday afternoon at 4:05.
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