Ronnie Mitchell snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-out RBI double in the top of the 14th inning as the Tri-City ValleyCats outlasted Vermont 3-2 in the longest New York-Penn League game of the season for the Lake Monsters on Wednesday night at historic Centennial Field.
Mitchell's go ahead double came off Vermont catcher Ryan Gorton, who came on in relief to start the 14th for his first professional appearance as a pitcher. Gorton allowed a leadoff single to Jon Kemmer, but Kemmer was thrown out at third base by centerfielder Boog Powell when Tyler White followed with a single to center. After another single and Gorton strikeout of Adam Nelubowich, Mitchell lined the double to leftcenter scoring White with the winning run.
Earlier Vermont had twice rallied from one-run deficits to tie the game. Tri-City took a 1-0 lead in the second on a James Ramsey RBI single, but the Lake Monsters tied it in the sixth when Powell walked, stole second and scored on a B.J. Boyd groundball single up the middle. Tyler White hit a one-out solo homer in the seventh to give the ValleyCats the lead again, but Vermont tied it again in the bottom of the inning when Tyler Marincov singled, stole second and scored on a Luis Baez two-out RBI single.
Vermont's best chance to score in extra innings came in the 12th when Marincov, who was 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles on the night, lined a one-out double to right. But after an intentional walk to Baez put runners on first and second, Josh Miller and Chris Wolfe both grounded out to end the threat.
Tri-City starter Michael Feliz, who entered the game with the league's best ERA at 1.41, retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced before allowing Vermont's sixth innings run. After the Lake Monsters tied the game in the seventh, four ValleyCats relivers combined to allow just three hits over the final seven scoreless innings with Zachary Dando tossing two scoreless innings for the win.
Vermont starter Lee Sosa allowed one run on one hit over four innings, but struggled with his control and wallked six batters. Reliever Tyler Johnson allowed the seventh-inning homer to White in his three innings of work, while Kayvon Bahramzadeh and Fernand Cruzado each tossed three scoreless innings.
The 14-inning, four hour and five minute game was the longest of the season for the Lake Monsters, who are now 1-3 in extra-inning games this season. The loss also dropped Vermont (29-33) four games under the .500 mark for the first time since they were 13-17 back on July 18th.
Vermont will wrap up the series with Tri-City on Thursday at Centennial beginning at 7:05 pm.
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