AUBURN, NY -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, lost to the Connecticut Tigers, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, 4-1 on Thursday night. Connecticut grabbed the final two games in the series.
Auburn (19-29) opened the scoring on a solo home run from Branden Boggetto in the bottom of the second inning. It was Boggetto's second homer of the season and his first at Falcon Park. The Doubledays have scored first in five straight games. Yet, the lead wouldn't last, as Connecticut (23-23) took advantage of Doubledays' mistakes to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Consecutive two-out errors by second baseman Andres Martinez extended the inning, and the Tigers took advantage with RBI singles from Jordan Pearce and Reynaldo Rivera. Connecticut added another run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Rivera. Detroit's second round pick this year finished the game with two hits (both singles) and two RBI.
Auburn's best chance to trim into the lead came in the bottom of the seventh. The Doubledays put two on base with one out on a Joshual Ramirez walk and a Kameron Esthay single, but Jake Scudder flew out and Nic Perkins struck out to erase the threat. Connecticut tacked on a run in the eighth on an RBI single from Cole Peterson to end the evening's scoring. Peterson finished the series with six hits. Gabe Klobostis struck out the side in the top of the ninth to keep Auburn close, but Drew Carlton came out of the bullpen and earned his fifth save of the season with a scoreless bottom of the ninth. The former Florida State Seminole earned the save in both of the series' final two games.
Jackson Tetreault took the loss for Auburn. The Doubledays' starter allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Tetreault struck out a season-high six batters while walking two. Max Green earned the win for Connecticut, tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Auburn moves on to a three-game weekend series at Lowell. Wil Crowe starts Friday for the Doubledays, while the Spinners counter with Enmanuel De Jesus. First pitch is set for 6:35.
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