The Vermont Lake Monsters season came to an end on Monday evening with a 3-2 loss to the Tri-City ValleyCats at historic Centennial Field. The Lake Monsters finish with a 33-43 record for the third straight year, while the victory clinched the top seed in the upcoming New york-Penn League playoffs for the ValleyCats.
Tri-City got a pair of runs in the third as Mott Hyde and Jose Solano led off the inning with almost identical triples to centerfield before Jason martin knocked home Solano with a fielder's choice grounder to first base. The game stayed 2-0 until the seventh when Vermont's Jose Brizuela hit a two-out home run to rightfield for his fifth home run of the season, tying him with Justin Higley and Yairo Munoz for the team lead.
The Lake Monsters had a couple of chances to tie or take the lead after the home run as Vermont loaded the bases in the seventh on a hit batter and two walks, but Bryan Radziewski struckout Gabriel Santana to end the inning Then in the eighth a Max Kuhn one-out double put runners on second and third, but Ryan Thompson got out of the jam with a J.P. Sportman pop to second and Brizuela line out to right.
Ricky Gingras gave the ValleyCats a 3-1 lead in the ninth with his third home run of the year, while Vermont's Seong-min Kim cut the deficit back to one in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out solo homer down the leftfield line. Thompson then got Santana to groundout to third to end the game and the Lake Monsters season.
Brandon McNitt (2-1) tossed a hitless third and fourth innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory for Tri-City (48-28), while Jerad Grundy allowed two runs on four hits over five innings to take the loss for the Lake Monsters. After starting the season 15-15 at Centennial Field, Vermont lost seven of their final eight home games to finish the year 16-22 at Centennial.
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