The Vermont Lake Monsters rallied from a deficit three different times on Friday night, including a four-run bottom of the eighth inning for a come-from-behind 8-6 victory over the Auburn Doubledays in New York-Penn League action at historic Centennial Field.
The Lake Monsters first rallied in the bottom of the third with three runs to tie the game 3-3. Greg Deichmann plated the first run with an RBI double, then after a run-scoring wild pitch, Deichmann scored from third on an Anthony Churlin two-out RBI single to center to tie the game.
The Doubledays retook the lead in the fourth on their own run-scoring wild pitch, but Vermont's James Terrell again tied the game 4-4 with a leadoff home run to left leading off the bottom of the fourth. It was the first homer of the season for Terrell.
Ths Doubleday popped their way to a pair of unearned runs in the fifth as the Lake Monsters infield struggled with rain and wind on a pair of two-out pop ups. With two outs and a runner on first, Brian Boggetto popped up beind shortstop that Ryan Gridley was unable to get a glove on. Later with the bases loaded, second baseman Jesus Lage dropped a pop up by Armond Upshaw allowing two runs to score for a 6-4 Auburn lead.
But after a 43-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth, the Lake Monsters staged their fourth comeback win of the season and fifth in their final at bat. Jarrett Costa tied the game 6-6 with a one-out, two-run homer to left off of reliever Michael Rishwain, who then hit Terrell with a pitch.
After Terrell stole second, Javier Godard (who came to the plate with a 1-2 count after Lage was injured during his at bat) hit a grounder to third base that Omar Meregildo bounced past first baseman Randy Encarnacion, allowing Terrell to score with the go ahead run. Ryan Gridley followed with a line drive RBI double down the leftfield line for the fourth run of the inning and an 8-6 lead.
Mark Berube (2-0) allowed two hits and struckout two in three scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory after Argenis Blanco had given up three runs (one earned) on three hits with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of relief. Costa was 2-for-4 with the two-run homer, his first of the season, while Churlin was 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.
Boggetto was 3-for-5 with three doubles and a pair of RBI for Auburn (9-15), while Upshaw was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Rishwain (0-3) was charged with four runs (three earned) on four hits over 2 1/3 innings to take the loss.
The Lake Monsters have now won nine of its last 11 games to keep their Stedler Division lead at 3 1/2 games over Connecticut. Vermont (16-8), which has its second-best record all-time after 24 games (17-7 in 2010). hosts Auburn again on Saturday as part of Stars Wars Night at the Ballpark and post-game fireworks following the 6:05 pm game.
Courtesy: Lake Monsters media
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