The Connecticut Tigers snapped a scoreless tie with eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to pick up their first win of the season with an 8-4 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters in New York-Penn League action Saturday evening at historic Centennial Field.
Winless in their first four games and having scored just three runs in their first 42 innings, the Tigers sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh inning off Vermont relievers Taylor Massey and Fernand Cruzado. Massey (0-1) did not retire any of the four batters he faced, allowing a double and three walks, while Cruzado gave up a two-run double to Dominic Ficociello and a three-run homer to Duncan McAlpine that capped the eight-run inning.
Vermont had just three hits over the first eight innings before finally putting some offense together in the bottom of the ninth with four runs on four hits off Tigers pitcher Ryan Beck. Michael Soto, Tyler Marincov and Reynaldo Mateo each had an RBI double in the inning before Andrew Harrison came on in relief of Beck to retire the final two batters of the game.
Lake Monsters starter Gregory Paulino gave up just three hits with one walk and three strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his second start of the year, while Tigers starter Alex Phillips allowed just two hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings for a no-decision. Reliever Zac Reininger (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the victory.
Patrick Leyland, Javier Azcona and Ficociello each had two hits for Connecticut (1-4), while Soto and Marincov two hits apiece for Vermont (2-4).
The Lake Monsters homestand continues with the first of a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners, the NY-Penn League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, at Centennial on Sunday beginning at 5:05 pm.
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