Thoughts and pictures of my local minor league baseball team the New York Penn League Connecticut Tigers; a Detriot farm team. We'll still be looking at former Navigators/Defenders players along the way....

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Defs fall 1-0 tonight to the SeaDogs.....

as Portland scratched across a run without a hit in the 7th. Adam Cowart came on to start the 7th, the deepest in a game so far this season for a Connecticut pitcher, and got a grounder to short go under Olmo Rosario's glove for an error. Ronnie Ray came in and walked the first batter he faced. A passed ball that looked to cross up catcher Dayton Buller moved the runners over to second and third. The pride of Hamden, Connecticut Portland's Jeff Natale was up next. Instead of walking Natale, who was all over the bases last night, to set up a double play or force at any base Ray pitched to Jeff. Natale hit a little nubber in front of the plated that Ray tried to shuffle over to Buller but didn't and the only run scored. Ray got the next batter to fly to right and Ben Copeland nailed the guy at the plate trying to score.
Connecticut could only manage a pair of hits. Simon Klink had a hard double and another hard out later in the game. Trey Webb playing second had his first hit of the season but was picked off. Webb saved a run in the fourth with a great catch of a two out flair to the outfield.
Cowart pitched well allowing Portland's only two hits, picked off one runner and had 4 Ks with two BBs. Jason Waddell was effective getting two K's in the ninth.
Connecticut manager Bien F. continues to juggle the lineup, benching Denker for Webb at second, DHing TI and starting Klink at first, dropping Copeland down to the eight hole, etc. I'm liking that we have a manager shaking it up. He hasn't had the same lineup twice.

Misc fan notes: From the Defs Front office:

"NORWICH, CT- Only a week into the season, the Defenders have added to their talented roster Wednesday. Infielder Kyle Haines comes to Connecticut from extended Spring Training to join the 4-1 Defenders.
Haines, 25, was the 31st selection of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. In 2007, Haines played for the Advanced-A San Jose Giants where he hit .250 in 60 games with 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, and swiped 6 bases.
A graduate from North Clay High School in Salem, Illinois, Haines attended Olney Central College and Eastern Illinois University where he put up gaudy numbers at the plate, never batting under .327. Haines is revered for his discipline at the plate and contact approach."

Another he a "true" shortstop or what?

Another small crowd as LC and I stayed to the bitter end. First loss for me on the season. The Curry jersey falls to 4 up and one down. The Defs hit the road for the next 7 games and I'll provide "road" updates off the box scorces.

Pics from top to bottom are Cowart and Klink


Blogger KRB said...

What a tough loss for Cowart.
When does the weather start to warm up there?

11:48 PM

Blogger LC said...

KRB- by the time the Defenders come back it should be almost comfortable, 50 or so. The cold games are coming up now though as they travel to New Hampshire and Maine before returning. Will be in the thirties after the sun goes down.

Cowart pitched great, as did the rest of the crew. He picked off a dude also. Defenders are no joke this year, and the manager is doing a great job. Its like having Billy Martin out there in terms of the willingness to play small ball. We had some sticks coming off the bench in Witter and Sosa (bottom of ninth), and although it wasn't meant to be it was still an exciting finish.

4 hits total for both teams. Klink looks solid on D at first base.

Hinshaw gives up 1 hit and k's 3 in 1 inning in AAA. Schierholtz sat out the last few.

3:32 AM

Blogger jb said...


Thanks for keeping up with this blog, it is nice to have a place to go to see all that is happening with the Defenders. I had Denker when I was the GM in Columbus while he was in the LA system before I came to Norwich....good kid, and he's capable of putting up some numbers too. His bat should heat up with the weather.

8:30 AM

Blogger greg8370 said...

jb! how are you?

10:12 PM

Blogger jb said...


Doing well. Still in Maine, overseeing Corporate Sponsorships for an AHL hockey team, a NASCAR sanctioned speedway, and the Cumberland County Civic Center...soooo, lots on the plate.

The Defenders are in town for the next three days, so I am going to make it down to the park to catch up with Bob Stanley. Looking forward to that.

Hope all is well down there. If you are ever in the area, let me know. You can check out Hadlock if you have never done so.

3:29 PM


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