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....

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Power surge! Defs win 7-4 behind 3 homers...

this morning/afternoon and snap a 5 game losing streak beating the B-Mets. Connecticut scored in the first as Kyle Haines (2-4, double, 2 runs scored) batting leadoff doubled off the first baseman's glove and came in on a TI sac fly for a quick 1-0 lead. In the fourth down 2-1 Connecticut tied the game with a two single by Carlos Sosa and a RBI double by Simon Klink. The Defenders broke in open in the as Jake Wald blasted a homer to lead off the inning, his first this season for Connecticut. With one out, Haines singled and Antoan Richardson laid down a bunt single to set the stage for Ben Copeland's first Dodd homer and third of the season for a 6-3 Connecticut lead. The ball off Copeland's bat just got over the first row of billboards causing some discission between the Mets manager and umpires. Adam Witter provided some insurance with his seventh homer and fifth at Dodd, a solo shot in the 8th.
Adam Cowart gets the win (3-2, 2.82 REA) with an ugly line: 5.1 IP 9 his, 2 BBs ( 1 IBB), a WP, 4 runs all earned with 2 Ks) Josh Sharpless goes 1.1 IP allowing one hit that scored a run charged to Cowart and recording a K. Steve Palazzolo gets his first Defenders save throwing 2 IP getting 3 Ks while walking two.

Misc fan notes: Love these AM games, should have more! Even with the kids on hand (announced attendance 4,495) was able to retreat upstairs to Lou's (Thanks Tom!) for coffee and watch the game with hondo and the visiting "BruteSentiment" of Happy to see Kevin was able to watch a couple of games here after last year's All-Star fog out.
Given my feeling toward the SF org. these days I went with a Navigators (Yankees) alternate uniform top today as a streak buster that was worn by Jorge DePaula in the 2002 CHAMPIONSHIP season. I'm keeping in the rotation for awhile now.
"Take me out to the ballgame" was played today.

Defs manager Bien F. had his players in a circle for about five minutes today during warmups. Would have loved to been a fly on the wall for that. Brad Boyer is with the team in "red shirt" status.
Pics top to bottom: Jake, TI & Boyer, a clean shaven Steve, Copeland, Steve and Witter


Blogger LC said...

Sweet- too bad Trenton won.

I think they are giving out nascar pint glasses saturday.......

6:10 PM

Blogger SAHM said...

Hey, Boyer's back! I give up "red shirt" status - sounds like on Star Trek - they can off him if they don't need him. [smirk] For the non-baseball, what does that mean? Thanks for posting the photos, btw.

6:31 PM

Blogger greg8370 said...

sahm--it's kind of like hockey where you can only "dress" a certain number of players for a game and other player sit and can't play.

lc--I got one of those NASCAR glasses and they will all be # 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser glasses with a different scheme each month. It's exclusive to the Defenders; nowhere else are these to be found. They worked with the distributor across the street to pull this off.

8:32 PM

Blogger SAHM said...

Thx - glad that Brad's back with all y'all ... he's missed in SJ [though it's always great to see the players advance, right?].

10:45 PM

Blogger VonSchell28 said...

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6:46 AM

Blogger VonSchell28 said...

:D :D I love the internet.


May 22, 2008 9:31 PM
Nope, still here!

6:47 AM

Blogger LAYBACK said...



7:50 AM

Blogger thehondohurricane said...


They haven't filled the place on DARE day since DiBella's first year. The Defs were not prepared to handle the crowd and it was a mess. The concessions that were open (only 2 or 3 as I recall) were undermanned and service was slower then slow. Many of the groups never got their eats. I overheard more then one adult say they never bring a group back to Dodd and apparently they haven't, all to New Britains gain most likely.

8:04 AM


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