Norwich, CT - The Tri-City ValleyCats (9-6) defeated the Connecticut Tigers (7-8) by a score of 7-5 Friday night at Dodd Stadium. The game changer in the game came in the seventh inning as the ValleyCats used a five run fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead. The big blow in the inning was the tying two-run homerun from DH Terrell Joyce (1-4). After the tying two-run homerun the rest was history as momentum carried onto the ValleyCats side of things. CF Bobby Boyd (2-5) put the ValleyCats in front with an RBI double at 4-3. On the same play a throwing error from Tigers RF Michael Gerber (3-5) allowed a second run to score to make the game 5-3.
The Tigers got off to a great start in the game. In the second inning an error by ValleyCats 1B AJ Reed (0-5) allowed 2B Domingo Leyba (2-4) to score and gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. The ValleyCats tied the game in the top of the third inning as SS Mott Hyde (2-4) delivered a tying RBI double. Leyba hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the third inning to give the Tigers the lead right back at 2-1. C Franklin Navarro (2-4) shortly followed with an RBI double to make the score 3-1.
The Tigers winning streak of four games came to an end in the loss to Tri-City Friday night. Starter RHP Confesor Lara (0-1) pitched a great game. Lara went six innings while allowing three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two. The only bad pitch Lara made was to Joyce on the two-run homerun. Gerber (3-5) continued to hit the ball well for the Tigers as he fell a homerun shy of the cycle. It's the second time this week Gerber has fallen a homerun short of the cycle. The last time came on Monday night in Lowell.
In game two of their three-game series, Tigers RHP Chase Edwards (1-1, 1.62) is slated to face ValleyCats RHP Austin Chrismon (1-1, 4.20). Tomorrow night is Randall Realtors Night: CT Tigers Coffee Mug Giveaway presented by Randall Realtors: Judi McEwan. The first 1,000 fans will receive a CT Tigers coffee mug! Gates open at 6:00 pm so make sure you arrive early to get your coffee mug. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. 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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