BURLINGTON, VT -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Vermont Lake Monsters, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Oakland A's, 8-6 on Friday night. The game was delayed 43 minutes before the bottom of the sixth inning due to rain, and large chunks of the game were played in a steady downpour. Vermont has now won nine of its last 11 games.
Auburn (9-15) scored the first two runs of the ball game in the top of the first. With Randy Encarnacion and Kameron Esthay on base, Branden Boggetto smacked a two-out double down the leftfield line to drive in two. The Doubledays scored another run in the second on Joshual Ramirez's sacrifice fly to leftfield that scored Armond Upshaw. Auburn did not score first in any of the games during the Aberdeen series.
Vermont (16-8) tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Two walks, an RBI double from Greg Deichmann, a wild pitch, and single from Anthony Churlin drove in the three tying runs. Auburn grabbed the lead back in the top of fourth when Armond Upshaw doubled to start the inning and later came around to score, but Vermont tied it up again in the bottom of the fourth on a home run to left-centerfield by James Terrell. It was Terrell's first home run of the season.
Auburn re-took the lead for the third separate time in the game in the top of fifth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Armond Upshaw hit a pop-up behind second base that Jesus Lage dropped, scoring both Oliver Ortiz and Branden Boggetto on the error. Vermont finished the evening with two errors, while Auburn committed four.
The Lake Monsters grabbed the lead for good with a four-run bottom of the eighth inning. After Aaron Arruda was retired for the first out, Anthony Churlin walked to reach first with one out, and then Jarrett Costa hit a line drive home run to leftfield that tied the game at 6. James Terrell was promptly plunked by a pitch, stole second base, and later came home to score when Omar Meregildo threw errantly to first base on a groundball to third from Javier Godard. Ryan Gridley then smacked a double down the leftfield line to complete the evening's scoring. The Doubledays twice had a runner on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback.
Auburn and Vermont play the middle game in their three-game series tomorrow evening at 6:05. Matt DeRosier starts for the Doubledays, while the Lake Monsters counter with Parker Dunshee. Both starting pitchers tomorrow are right-handed hurlers.
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