AUBURN, NY -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Connecticut Tigers, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, 6-4 at Falcon Park on Wednesday night. The series is now knotted up at a game apiece.
Auburn (19-28) escaped an early jam in the second inning. Connecticut (22-23) loaded up the bases on Kyle Johnston with two walks and a single, but Will Savage promptly grounded into a double play to erase the threat. The Doubledays rode the momentum into their hitting half of the second, scoring the game's first run on an RBI double from Chance Shepard. Auburn has scored first in four straight games.
The Doubledays padded the lead with another run in the bottom of the third inning. Austin Guibor tripled off the top of the right field wall with one out and later came home to score on a passed ball with two outs. Yet, the lead would not last, as the Tigers surged ahead with four runs in the top of the fifth. The first five Connecticut batters reached in the frame on four singles and a walk, with Garrett McCain and Jordan Pearce providing RBI singles. Randel Alcantara added another RBI single to complete the scoring in the fifth.
The Tigers tacked on another run in the sixth off two singles, an error, and a wild pitch. Cole Peterson singled and eventually scored the run in the inning; Connecticut's shortstop went 4-5 with three runs scored in the game. Connecticut completed its scoring on the evening in the eighth, when Jared Brasher threw away a bunt attempt down the right field and allowed Peterson to come home and score. Auburn made three errors in the game.
Auburn crawled closer with a single run in the bottom of the eighth. Chance Shepard walked with two outs before Armond Upshaw's double to center field drove him home. The Doubledays broke out the power bats again in the ninth to make it a 6-4 game. Carter Kieboom lined a two-out, solo home run over the left field wall to cut the deficit to two. Yet, Drew Carlton bore down and struck out the next batter, Omar Meregildo, to end the game. Carlton, the former Florida State Seminole, is now perfect in four save opportunities this season
Carson Lance picked up the win in relief tonight for Connecticut, tossing two scoreless innings while striking out four Auburn batters. Kyle Johnston took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. The rubber match in the series is tomorrow night at 7:05. Jackson Tetreault starts for the Doubledays, while Dane Myers counters for the Tigers.
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