After striking out with the bases loaded in both the fifth and sixth innings, the third time was the charm for B.J. Boyd as he smashed a grand slam homer to rightfield on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 4-4 tie and give the Vermont Lake Monsters an 8-4 New York-Penn League victory over the Auburn Doubledays Saturday night at historic Centennial Field.
With Vermont trailing 4-1 with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth, Boyd struckout on three pitches for the first out. The Lake Monsters were able to tie the game in the inning as Tyler Marincov followed with an RBI single and Jaycob Brugman a two-run single to notch the game at four. In the sixth the Doubledays intentionally walked Boog Powell to load the bases with one out before again striking out Boyd and getting Marincov to flyout to keep the game tied.
Wilfredo Solano led off the eighth with a line drive double to left followed by a one-out walk to Chris Wolfe. The runners advanced on a wild pitch to Powell on a 2-0 pitch and the Doubledays elected to again intentionally walk Powell. Auburn reliever Silvio Medina got ahead of Boyd 1-2, but after Boyd was able to lay off a two straight balls before drilling the 3-2 pitch over the rightfield fence to break the tie.
The grand slam was the second of the year for the Lake Monsters (Jaycob Brugman the other on June 21st) and just the second time in team history that Vermont has had two grand slams in the same season (Francisco Plascencia and Dee Brown in 2005).
Auburn took an early 3-0 lead with on a David Masters RBI double in the third and three Vermont errors in the third for two unearned runs. The Lake Monsters got a run back in the bottom of the third on a Brugman sacrifice fly before Auburn built the lead back to three runs on a Matt Foat solo home run in the fourth off Vermont reliever Jose Torres.
That would be the only run allowed by Torres (3-2), who gave up three hits with no walks and six strikeouts in four innings of relief for the victory. The win was the third straight for Vermont (15-17), the first time this season that the Lake Monsters have won more than two games in a row. Foat was 2-for-4 with two runs and the homer for Auburn (10-21), while Medina (0-3) was charged with all four runs in the eighth to take the loss.
The Lake Monsters and Doubledays will play the second of the three-game series on Sunday at Centennial Field. It is New England Ford Dealers Night at the ballpark and fans can "Have A Catch" in the outfield following the 5:05 pm game.
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