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, September 10, 2009

Defs win 10-7 to take a 2-0 lead in the...

division playoff series against the RockCats tonight at Dodd before 4,018 fans.
Like last night CT jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on singles by Mike McBryde (2 for 5) and Brett Pill (2 for 4, RBI) and Brad Boyer's RBI gound out. The RockCats would tie the game at 1-1 in the second and take a 4-1 lead in the third as Wilson Ramos would hit a three run homer off CT starter Daryl Maday.
But the Defenders came right back in the bottom half of the inning. With one out Brock Bond walked and McBryde then singled. Brett Pill singled in Bond to make it 4-2. With two outs EME connected for his second three run homer in as many days, a bomb to left center that just kept carrying, to put CT back in the lead 5-4.
The RockCats would tie the game at 5-5 in the fifth as Maday gave away to old friend Alex Hinshaw (1-0). In the bottom half of the Bond singled, Pill hustled his way out of a double play to keep the inning alive with two outs to bring Brad Boyer up. Boyer homered to right to make the game 7-5 Defenders.
In the top of the sixth a McBryde relay to Brandon Crawford who relayed to catcher Jackson Williams cut down a RockCat run at the plate to end the inning. In the bottom of the sixth a infield single by Ramon Castro and a single by Bobby Felmy put runners on first and second for Williams. Both runners then moved up on a wild pitch and came home on Williams double down the left field line making the score 9-5 CT. Bond then knocked in Williams with a single to make it 10-5 Defenders.
The RockCats would score an unearned run off Mitch Lively in the 7t to make the score 10-6. In the ninth with Joe Paterson on the mound the the RockCats plated another run to make it 10-7 before Geivy Garcia recorded the final out with the tying run in the batters box.

Misc fans notes: Senator Chris Dodd, his wife and children in the park tonight. Senator Dodd's presence made a discussion on health care possible.

Franchise mover, facilitator, enabler, source of colleral damage and EL league President Joe McEachern in the house. Owner Lou DiBella also present. RockCats President Bill Dowling on hand.

Also old friend Andy Pappas in the stands.

Akron wins tonight to take a 2-0 lead in their series.

Craig Clark makes his EL debut in Game 3 for the Defenders Friday night.

Pics top to bottom: Hinshaw, Boyer's HR and EME's HR.


Blogger Dfensfan said...

also in attendance...Rocky, the NB mascot

by the way, with this win, the Defenders have made certain that tonight will not be the last game at Dodd in their Franchise history. There will either be game 5 vs NB
or a potential home game(s) in the ELCS

10:31 PM

Blogger greg8370 said...

Akron drew 3,450 as CT beat them again in attendance.

10:51 PM

Blogger Batboymeister said...

I'll be at tomorrow's (or Saturday's) game in New Britain (in what should be the night they're gonna advance to the ELCS) with the players. One more win and the champagne is on in the visiting clubhouse.

11:23 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

Good chance of rain, I hear. That would really suck.

2:04 AM

Blogger lance aka lc said...

salem k. won their league. dave quinowski pitched 3 innings in relief with 8 k's. he sat out all last year injured.

do you think there will be any more roster moves before the finals if the CD's make it?

5:11 AM

Blogger thehondohurricane said...

The Hartford Courant reported today that the Washington Nationals have claimed Jesse English.

LC, It's my understanding the roster can't change until this series is over. I'm guessing for the championship series, Mr. Kaufman will be missing. No idea who will replace him, but Fresno probably won't be an option. Need MILB approval to bring in from a higher level.

I think it's the cat's meow that we are out drawing Akron.

1:15 PM


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