Jacob Tanis snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run triple and scored on a John Wooten suicide squeeze as the Lake Monsters continued to get good pitching from their relievers in Vermont's 5-3 New York-Penn League victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades Friday night at historic Centennial Field.
Chris Bostick and Brett Vertigan led off the fifth inning with back-to-back bunt singles before Tanis smacked a line drive down the right-field line for his first triple of the season and RBI numbers 13 and 14. Wooten followed with a first pitch suicide squeeze bunt to score Tanis easily with the third run of the inning and a 5-2 Vermont lead.
The Vermont bullpen took over from there, allowing just two unearned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts over the final six innings. That included Ryan Dull, pitching in his first game for the Lake Monsters since being promoted from the Arizona League A's, who struckout four in 2 1/3 innings to earn the win. Dull, a 32-round pick in this year's draft out of UNC-Asheville, came into a 2-2 game in the fifth with the bases loaded and struckout Joel Caminero to end the inning.
Nate Eppley gave up an unearned run in the eighth and struckout three, including two in the ninth, over two innings for his first save of the year. Vermont relievers are now 9-2 on the season and have 102 strikeouts in just 88 innings pitched.
Bostick, Vertigan and Wilfredo Solano each had two hits for Vermont (11-8), which has won two of the first three games on the current six-game homestand. Solano had an RBI double in the second and scored on a Dayton Alexander safety squeeze bunt. Ryan Dunn and Tommy Coyle each had two hits for Hudson Valley (10-9), while starter Matt Spann (0-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings to take the loss.
Vermont begins a three-series with the State College Spikes at Centennial Field on Saturday beginning at 6:05 pm.