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....

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sometimes the game takes a back seat....

when getting up with an old friend and that was the case the for me tonight as the hondo hurricane stopped into Dodd tonight. My seatmate of the past three season and I caught up on things as a scoreless pitching duel unfolded before us. Great seeing Hondo back at Dodd!!!!
On the field Clemente Mendoza pitched 8 innings of two hit shut out ball before turning the game over to Tyler Clark who gave up a leadoff walk (they always score), a sac bunt and a booming RBI double for a 1-0 IronBird lead.
In the bottom of the ninth Alexander Nunez hit a long homer to left center to tie the game. It was Nunez's second long ball of the season and the first CT homer at Dodd since well forever...
In the bottom of the 11th Nunez lead off with a single and eventually scored on a fielding error as the Tigers win 2-1.
The win coupled with Vermont losing twice to Brooklyn and Tri-City winning leaves the the Tigers at the .500 mark in second place a half game behind Tri-City.

Misc fan notes: Brian Irizarry, former Defenders broadcaster was also in the house tonight and spent some time catching up with Brian as well.
Jared Allen, former Defender Bat boy extraordinaire and greg's blog MVP one season, was on the field reprising that role for the Tigers. The stars were aligned tonight!

Pic is new Tiger ss Dixon Machardo

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tigers drop the rubber game 6-1 to...

the Cyclones tonight at Dodd. Brennan Smith takes the loss and drops to 1-6 on the season. James Robbins knocks in the lone CT run. Two new Tigers made their debuts tonight; shortstop Dixon Machardo went 1 for 4 and pitcher Jeff Ferrell went 3 IP allowing 2 runs and 5 hits.
The loss drops CT a game under .500. Vermont won and Tri-City is in extra innings so Ct will be a game out of first place in the division.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tigers double up Cyclones 6-3 this afternoon...

at a hot and steamy Dodd Stadium and even the three game set at a game each. Josue Carreno went 5 inning and gave up all three Brooklyn runs thanks to a three run bomb by Cory Vaughn in the fourth inning; his 13th of the short season. Miguel Mejia relieved Carreno and just lights out allowing just one hit over the next four innings while striking out 6 batters. Carreno improves to 5-6 and Mejia gets his second save. CT will wait the game results of Vermont and Tri-City whose games start later on today.
Tigers scored four runs in the first three innings. a two run double by Josh Ashenbrenner put CT up 2-0 after the first. The Tigers added a run in the second on a Brooklyn error and added another in the third when J-Rod tripled and scored on Ashenbrenner's sac fly.
CT added some insurance runs in the sixth inning after Vaughn's blast had made the score 4-3. Matt Perry singled in one run and Ryan Soares added a sac fly to close out the scoring at 6-3.

Misc fan notes. A hot one at Dodd as the game was played in a just two hours before 1700 fans.

Special thanks to Jon Versteeg, Director of Media Relations who provided me with a photo pass for the game. Took a ton of pics that will provide this humble blog plenty of pics for the off season as I will continue the picture of the day (POTD) format.

Picture is today's hitting star Josh Ashenbrenner who had 3 RBIs on the day.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cyclones blow past Tigers 10-0 tonight...

at Dodd. Ct starting pitcher Rayni Guichardo (3-5) allowed just two runs in six innings but the bullpen relief allowed 8 runs in the last two innings as Brooklyn takes the opener of the three game set. The loss will likely drop CT out of first place as Vermont and Tri-City are both winning.
Cyclone starter Yohan Almonte went the distance allowing just 6 hits in the game. His record is 8-4 with a 2.00 ERA so far this season.

Misc fan notes: Nice crowd at Dodd tonight as the final home stand (already?) kicks off.

Pics top to bottom: Palm trees at Dodd, starter Guichardo, Reic Roof, James Robbins and Ryan Soares.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tigers win 8-2 and sweep back into first place...

tonight in Vermont. James Robbins goes 2 for 5 and knocks in three runs, two on his third homer of the season. Ryan Soares goes 3 for 5 with a pair of RBIs as CT comes into Vermont down three games to the first place Lake Monsters and leave Burlington now in a first place tie. Tri-City losses and they are a half game back in the division as both VT and CT are at the .500 mark.
Patrick Lawson (5 IP, 1 hit, 2 runs and 6 BBs) gets the win to even his record at 3-3. Tyler Clark and Drew Gagnier combine on the one hitter out of the Ct bullpen.

Joe Perez of the Norwich Bulletin reports:


Norwich Bulletin

Posted Aug 27, 2010 @ 11:53 AM

NORWICH — The Connecticut Tigers announced Friday that its Player Development Contract with parent, club, the Detroit Tigers has been renewed through 2012. The PDC was set to expire following this season.

“They are one of the more stories franchises in all of professional sports and we feel privileged to have a part in their minor league system,’ Connecticut general manager Andrew Weber said in a release. “I hope our fans will enjoy watching Detroit’s prospects play at Dodd Stadium for years to come.”

The short-season Single-A team is in its first season in Norwich, having moved from Oneonta, N.Y., in April. With little more than a week remaining in the season, the Tigers are just one game out of first place in the New York-Penn League’s Stedler Division.

“The Tigers are very pleased to enter into this extension agreement with Connecticut,” said Detroit Tigers Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta.

“…We view Norwich as a locale that fits well into our player development system. We are confident that the fan base will grow in the coming years and that the facility will be well maintained. We look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tigers win again 7-3 in Vermont....

as Ryan Enos hit a two run homer in the first and the Tigers never looked back tonight. It was Enos's third homer of the season and I can't remember the last CT homer. The Tigers added three more runs in the third on a RBI single by Alexander Nunez and a two run single by J-Rod.
Meanwhile Clemente Mendoza pitched 6 innings in earning to improve to 6-5. Miguel Nejia was lights out in relief throwing 3 innings of no hit relief to notch his first save.
With Vermont and Tri-City losing tonight Connecticut is in third place a half game behind Tri-City and a game behind division leader Vermont; a game separates three teams fighting for first place.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tigers hang on 6-5 tonight over Vermont...

as Brennan Smith (1-5) earns his first victory and Tim Mowry survives a shaky 9th inning against the Lake Monsters to notch his first save.
CT put up a 5 spot in the top of the 7th with the big hits coming from Ryan Enos,a two run single, and Alexander Nunez, a bases loaded single clearing the bases--credit Nunez with RBIs as the runner from first scored on a fielding error.
Brandon Barrow made his Tigers pitching debut throwing two innings and allowing a run.
With CT's win over VT tonight ad Tri-City losing the Tigers pick up a game on both teams in the division standings.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Slip sliding away...Tigers lose in 11 innings 5-4...

to the host Valley Cats tonight. 14 CT hits and only 4 runs, ouch--Robbins, Ashenbrenner, Nunez and Roof with the RBIs for the Tigers. 5 errors in the game committed by the Tigers, 3 by shortstop Brett Anderson (he has 22 for the season; the winning run scored on back to back Anderson errors).
Ramon Lebron (0-1) takes the loss. Tyler Clark pitched 3.2 innings of shutout relief for CT.
The loss drop the Tigers to three games under .500 as the second place ValleyCats start to close in on division leader Vermont. Post season hopes are slipping away quickly....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ugly....ValleyCats 10 Tigers 2.....

before 797 brave souls who came out on a crappy Monday night. Tri-City scored early and then late. The Tigers are now 2 games under .500; 2.5 games behind first place Vermont and 1.5 games behind second place Tri-City.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Different day, different blues..rain out blues....

as today's game against the SI Yankees is washed out. Some odds and ends then....

The current baseball book lineup looks like this:

I'm currently reading "Wild and Outside" by Stafan Fatsis. It chronicles the revival of the indy Northern League in 1993 to the upper Midwest and Canada. The book spotlight's the league's second season in 1994.

On deck:

"Minor Players, Major Dreams" by Brett H. Mandel. The author convinced the newly formed Ogden Raptors of the short season Pioneer League in 1994 to join the team and write about it.

in the hole: "Odd Man Out, A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit" by Matt McCarthy. The author's account of his season in 2002 with the Provo Angels also of the Pioneer League. The team is now known as the Orem Owlz.

Note to the front office: OpSail is coming to New London in 2012; most likey the second weekend of July. DON'T schedule any games that weekend, exert whatever powers you have with the league's schedulemakers. Everyone will be down on the docks like they were in 2000!

Very nice article in today's Hartford Courant about a Connecticut Tigers host family. The Nadeau family of Plainfield is host to four players: Tyson Kendrick, Ryan Soares, Josh Ashenbrenner and James Robbins. Great experience and memories for all concerned. The minor league baseball experience can turn out to be a very special one if you can take can couple of extra steps.

Spend some time on the Tigers web site and check out the photo galleries. The team has Kevin Pataky doing the pictures this season and the pictures are great. Pataky's photos can be found at the site, Baseball American, the 2010 CT Tigers card set and elsewhere. Google him; plenty of links and info....

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The shut out blues return...Yanks 2 Tigers 0...

tonight at Dodd. Starting pitcher Patrick Lawson (2-3) takes a tough loss. Lawson went 5.3 innings allowing just one run and notching 8 Ks. CT pitching racked up 14 strikeouts in the game. But the offense wasn't there again tonight as CT could manage just four hits total in the game.
The running game that the Tigers had success with last night back fired on then tonight. In the fourth inning Alexander Nunez singled and was thrown out at second when James Robbins missed a sac bunt attempt for the first out of the inning. Of course Robbins then singled and suffered the same fate as Nunez with J-Rod at bat; missed sac bunt thrown out a second.
The three game series is now tied at a game each with the rubber game tomorrow at 1 PM. Tri-City won their game to jump over the Tigers by a half game into second place. VT's game is suspended with Brooklyn leading 8-7 in the 12th inning. The loss also drops the Tigers to a game under .500. Tomorrow's game in a must win for the Tigers.

Misc fan notes: Play of the season in the top of the third. With one out and Yankees on first and second Tigers first baseman James Robbins catches a foul pop up drifting away from him down the right field line sprawling over the rain tarp and into the first row. He then turns and fires a strike to Matt Perry at third to double up the runner tagging from second.

Vintage baseball game at Dodd prior to the game Sunday at 11:30AM. I'm looking forward to that; have never seen that before.

Good seeing Jared and his Mom at the game tonight!

First rate chicken quesadilla upstairs in The Yard!

Pics top to bottom: Nunez at second, Lawson and J-Rod in pre-game

Steve Hamilton and the Folly Floater ..

The Tigers gift shop has a baseball card vending machine and the card displayed on the machine for whatever reason is the 1965 Topps baseball card of Steve Hamilton, a Yankees relief pitcher from 1963-1970. Hamilton broke in with the Indians in '61 and retired with the Cubs in '72. He had stints playing for the Senators, White Sox and Giants. Steve is a pitcher I remember well from my youth.
Hamilton who was 6 foot 7 inches, also played in the NBA with the Lakers (that's the Minneapolis Lakers kids), from 1958-1960 and played in the NBA finals losing to the Celtics (who else) in '59.
The You Tube clip is Hamilton uncorking the Folly Floater to Cleveland slugger Tony Horton during the first game of a double header on June 24, 1970 at old, old Yankee Stadium. Horton fouls off one pitch and then asks for another which Hamilton serves up. Horton fouls out to Thurman Munson and then crawls back to the Indians dugout on his hands and knees. The Scooter with a Holy Cow call and a glimpse of the Yankee manager Ralph Houk, who pasted away recently, at his usual dugout spot (top step, with pebbles placed in front on it on the field by the grounds crew that the Major would gather up and toss back onto the field during the course of a the game--a Houk mannerism).
I've been sitting on this post for a bit and saved it for the Staten Island Yankees visit to Dodd. Hamilton was connected to all three Dodd Stadium affiliates; he played for the Yanks and Giants and was a coach for the Detriot Tigers in 1975. Sadly Steve died in 1997.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tigers beat Yanks 4-2, snap 4 game slide...

and get back to the .500 mark. With Vermont and Tri-City losing tonight, CT is back in second place by a half game and behind the first place Lake Monsters by a game. Whoever gets hot.....
With the Tigers down 1-0 in the fifth, Brett Anderson walked and then stole second. Ryan Soares sac bunted Anderson over to third. Soares was safe on the bunt as the Yankee pitcher held the ball waiting for the second baseman to cover first. Chao-Ting Tang hit a RBI ground out to tie the game at 1-1. PJ Polk then doubled home Tang from first to make hit 2-1. Polk stole third and scored on the catcher's throwing error to make it 3-1 CT.
The Tigers added a big insurance run in the 8th on Matt Perry's RBI double making it 4-1 Connecticut. Perry went for 4 tonight.
Clemente Mendoza earned the win to even his record at 5-5. Tyler Clark held Staten Island scoreless for two innings. Ramon Lebron made it interesting the the ninth allowing one run before getting the final out to earn his first save.

Misc fan notes: Yankees + belly dancers (that's right, belly dancers) + fireworks = the biggest crowd of the season at 3213 folks in the stands. Great to see Dodd alive! Cars parked out in the auxiliary lot! Vendors on the concourse, picnic area in use, a ton of kids playing on the berms....good times.

Pics top to bottom: Polk, Tang, Londell Taylor and Eric Roof. I'll put up more pictures from tonight's game tomorrow.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ValleyCats win 3-2 to sweep the Tigers and

jump into second place in the the division. The loss also drops the Tigers to a game under .500. Were we not just in first place?
RBI doubles by Brett Anderson and Matt Perry accounted for CT's scoring. Brennan Smith (0-5) takes another hard luck loss in a game played in just over two hours.

Misc fan notes: really looking forward to the Yankees coming to town for the next three games!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tigers shut out again 6-0 tonight at Dodd....

by the Tri-City ValleyCats. It's the third straight shut out loss suffered by the Tigers and their scoreless inning streak now stands at 28. The loss also drops the team back to the .500 mark and yet with Vermont's loss today they are still just a game out of first place. Tri-City is just a half game behind the Tigers.
No CT offense again as the Tigers mustered just 4 hits in the game. A listless game that moved along fairly quickly.

Misc fan notes: Great getting caught up with AR Fan tonight. Flash (Antoan Richardson) doing well with the Double A Braves in the Southern League. Flash is batting .294 (68 for 231) with 17 RBIs. He has 21 SBs and has only been caught twice.

Good seeing Joe Perez at the park also. Yanks win!

Tip of the hat to Kim upstairs at the Yard for the Landshark beer recommendation. Pretty good and like Kim said if it's from Jimmy Buffet.....

Today's pic: Thanks to AR Fan for pointing out a beautiful sunset tonight. Like Ferris Bueller said: "Life moves pretty quick. If you don't stop sometimes you might miss it."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

RIP Bobby Thomson.....

Famed home run hitter Bobby Thomson dead at 86

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP)—Bobby Thomson, whose “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951 has echoed through baseball history as perhaps the game’s most famous home run, has died. He was 86.

Thomson had been in failing health for several years. He died at home in Savannah, Ga., on Monday night, the Fox & Weeks funeral home said Tuesday.

On that October afternoon, with one swing, Thomson transformed a pennant race for one season, and his life forever. He connected off Ralph Branca for a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in the decisive Game 3 of a National League playoff, lifting the New York Giants over their dreaded rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The drive into the left-field stands at the Polo Grounds and broadcaster Russ Hodges’ ecstatic call of “The Giants win the pennant!” remain one of the signature moments in major league history.

“I never thought it was going to be that big. Hell, no,” Branca told The Associated Press from his home in suburban New York. “When we went into the next season, I thought it’d be forgotten.”

“I’ll miss him,” Branca said. “I mellowed over the years and we became good friends. I enjoyed being around him.”

A three-time All-Star as an infielder and outfielder, Thomson hit .270 with 264 career home runs and 1,026 RBIs from 1946-60 with several teams. He led the league in a hitting category only once, and that was for triples.

Yet the fly ball that flew over the wall vaulted “The Flying Scot” to a place of almost mythic status. There have been plenty of historic home runs over the years—Bill Mazeroski, Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk and Joe Carter, to name a few—but Thomson’s shot stands as the giant among them all.

The tall, lanky and self-effacing Thomson, however, was stunned that in a lineup that included future Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Monte Irvin, he would hit the pennant-winning homer. He called himself “the accidental hero.”

Thomson never quite understood all the fuss the homer created. On its 40th anniversary in 1991, he said, “I can’t believe we’re still talking about it.”

The home run decided one of baseball’s most memorable pennant races, and later led to one of its most-debated questions: Did he know Branca was going to throw the high-and-inside fastball that Thomson hit out of the park?

More than a half-century later, it was revealed the Giants during the season had used a buzzer-and-telescope system to steal signals from opposing catchers. Helped by the inside information, the Giants overcame a 13 1/2 -game deficit to the Dodgers, won 37 of their final 44 games and forced a playoff.

Thomson steadfastly claimed he did not know what pitch was coming when he connected. Branca was never quite so sure.

For years, Thomson and Branca appeared together at functions of all kinds, a modern-day Abbott & Costello act, their retelling of the moment filled with fine-tuned comic touches and playful jabs.

Only one thing was missing from their act: the home run ball itself. The prize remains an elusive souvenir, with several people claiming to have it but no one able to prove.

“We did award shows, dinners, autograph shows, golf outings, maybe five or six a year,” Branca said.

Thomson moved south about five years ago to be closer to one of his daughters. Branca said he hadn’t seen him for a couple of years.

Long after the Giants and Dodgers left town and moved west, Thomson remained a recognized figure on New York streets. Taxi drivers, office workers and pedestrians of a certain age would stop him or call out his name—the old Giants fans cheered, the Dodgers crowd, not so much.

Thomson homered on Oct. 3, and the 1951 World Series began the next day. Thomson hit a mere .238 without a home run as the Giants lost in six games to the crosstown New York Yankees, who were in the midst of winning a record five straight crowns.

The luster from Thomson’s shot, though, never dimmed. There was even a funny postscript, provided by the great Yogi Berra.

Berra and some of his Yankees teammates attended Game 3 of the Dodgers-Giants playoff, eager to see which team they would face. But after Brooklyn scored three times in the eighth inning for a 4-1 lead, Berra decided he’d seen enough and wanted to beat the late-afternoon traffic.

Yep, it’s true. The man who coined the phrase “it ain’t over till it’s over” thought it was over and actually left the Polo Grounds and was driving home when Thomson homered.

Thomson’s home run came during an era that baseball fondly calls “The Golden Age,” a time when the sport was No. 1 in America and New York was its epicenter. The pennant race between those longtime rivals, the Giants and Dodgers, only heightened the frenzy.

New York won Game 1 of the playoff as Thomson homered against Branca in what turned out to be an eerie precursor. Brooklyn won Game 2 in a rout, setting up a winner-take-all rematch.

Down 4-1 in the ninth, the Giants began to rally when Alvin Dark and Don Mueller led off with singles against Don Newcombe. After Irvin fouled out, Whitey Lockman hit an RBI double that made it 4-2.

Mueller broke his ankle sliding into third and was replaced by pinch-runner Clint Hartung—in fact, a little more than a month ago, Hartung died.

Branca then relieved Newcombe and on an 0-1 pitch, Thomson connected. And the rest, really, was history.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Thomson was named after an uncle who was killed in World War I. He came to the United States in 1926 when he was 3 years old and the family settled in Staten Island, N.Y., where he played high school and semipro ball. He worked out for both the Giants and Dodgers and after signing a contract with the Giants in 1942, he spent three years in the military during World War II.

When Thomson came to the major leagues in 1947, he was a fleet center fielder, often called “The Staten Island Scot,” and lauded for his speed, but he was an anomaly in a lineup of slow-footed sluggers.

The Giants hit 221 homers in Thomson’s rookie season and he had 29 of them. By 1949, Thomson was a prominent hitter in the lineup, batting .309 with 27 homers and 109 RBIs.

The rivalry with the Dodgers was as intense as any in sports, two teams in the same city, playing in the same league. There seemed a genuine dislike for each other by the players and sometimes it overshadowed the games.

When he hit the homer, Thomson recalled the emotion of the moment. “I remember thinking, `We beat the Dodgers! We beat the Dodgers!”’ Then, almost as an afterthought, “We won the pennant!”

The home run made him an immediate New York icon. There were television appearances, banquet speeches, the whole range of spoils for a low-profile outfielder who won a pennant with one dramatic swing.

But sentiment goes only so far in baseball front offices and in February 1954, the Giants traded Thomson to the Milwaukee Braves for four players and cash.

In a spring training exhibition game, Thomson broke his ankle trying to break up a double play. His roster spot went to a rookie who would fill in admirably for the Braves. Hank Aaron went on to set a record with 755 home runs.

Thomson spent two seasons with the Braves and then was traded back to the Giants in 1957, their last season in New York. Then there were cameo appearances with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

Thomson was a businessman after he retired and stayed around the New York area for many years.

“He was a real gentleman and I think he handled his role well, too, being the hero of that series,” said former Brooklyn pitcher Carl Erskine, who was warming up in the bullpen when Branca was summoned. “I think he and Branca turned that incident into two real pros who handled that in a real class way.”

Thomson’s survivors include two daughters, Megan and Nancy.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

AP Sports Writer Michael Marot contributed to this report.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Who are you going to call?

J-Rod searches for that Ray Parker tune, Eric Roof, Brett Anderson, and Ghostbusters!...of course

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Someone once told me that every MLBB team

playing a 162 game schedule will win 50 games and lose 50 games. It's that you do about those other 50 or so games that determines whether you are a winner or a loser once October rolls around.
With our home town team the Tigers the same is true. Today's 2-0 loss in the rubber game of their series against Auburn is the third straight series they've lost 2 games to one and also the third straight series they've lost the rubber game and are now barely above the .500 mark. Remarkably the team is only a game out of first place.
With today's shut out the Tigers scoreless inning streak over the last three games is 17
Let's hope a couple of days off, sort of, since five Tigers are in the All-Star game Tuesday, will re-energize the bats.

Pics from yesterday top to bottom: Enos scores, Nunez fields, J-Rod in profile, Soares thinking.....
Remembr to click on the images to increase the size of the pics.....

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tigers, DoubleDays split the twinbill tonight...

at Dodd. Tigers win the first game behind a complete game pitching performance by Clemente Mendoza (4-5). Auburn came back in the nightcap with an unearned run the difference in a 1-0 game. Patrick Lawson (2-2) was the tough luck loser for the Tigers in the second game.
In the opener the Tigers scored both runs in the third on RBI singles by J-Rod and James Robbins.

Misc games notes: Nice crowd on hand with the Boy Scouts sleep over tonight. Took a tons of pics tonight.....I'll be posting more Sunday and over the NYPL All-Star break

Pics top to bottom: H-Rod out a home, Alexander Nunez tags out an Auburn base stealer, Mendoza, and Tyson Kendrick with a rare start today

Friday, August 13, 2010

"It's a simple game...sometimes you win, sometimes

you lose and sometimes it rains. Think about that."

From the movie Bull Durham.

Add to that sometimes the bus breaks down. That's what happened tonight as the Tigers bus broke down in New York and tonight's game was postponed.

To the front office's credit the fireworks and other fan stuff is going on and everyone gets a free ticket to another game you shows up.

What irks me is that I showed up and was basically turned around in the parking lot without the explanation that the show to some degree was still on and that's true of the cars in front on me and behind me. Some of those folks, including me, would have parked, gotten a free ticket voucher to another game and maybe bought a dog and a beer and hung out for a while. Oh well, the wife is happy to have me home and the Yanks are on....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jammers shutout the Tigers on a pair of TDs...

and convert the PATs to win the rubber game of the series 14-0. Tigers were one hit tonight, a single by J-Rod in the 7th inning. Brennan Smith (0-4) and three CT relievers took their lumps on the mound tonight. Tiger pitcher Ramon Lebron made his Tiger debut and went one inning giving up three runs on 4 hits.

Misc fan notes: Back to Dodd Friday and Saturday!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tigers win 8-3 in Jamestown tonight....

as Alexander Nunez knocks in three runs and Londell hits his third homer of the season, a two run job as CT ties the three game series aginst the Jammers at a game each.
Josue Carreno improves to 4-5 on the season and Tyler Clarks gets his third save.

Misc fan notes: Great article in today's Norwich Bulletin by Joe Perez on how some of the Tigers are learning to speak english. Check out his blog, linked on the right, for additional info not found in the his article and also the link for it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tigers jammed 5-4 tonight in Jamestown....

J-Rod went 2 for 4 and knocked in a pair of runs. Josh Sshenbrenner had a RBI ground out and the Tigers pull off another double steal of home with Londell Taylor scoring.
Rayni Guichardo (5 IP) started and gave way to Miguel Mejia (3 IP) who takes the loss.
Good news! Vermont losses again! Tigers still a game out of first.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Tigers drop the rubber game 5-2...

out by the boardwalk this afternoon. Patrick Lawson (2-1) suffers his first loss this season. Aleaxander Nunez knocked in a run for CT. Vermont's picks up a half game on the Tigers and leads the divison by a full game. The Tigers head out to Jamestown for a three game set and return to Dodd on Friday.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Tigers double up Cyclones 6-3 tonight...

and even the three game set in Brooklyn at a game each. CT scored 4 runs in the third with Ryan Enos stealing home on the front end of a double steal and Julio Rodriquez completing the scoring with a two run homer, his first of the season.
Tigers starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza earns the win and improves to 3-5. Logan Hoch gets a three inning save, his fourth of the season.
Ct's offense was lead by J-Rod's 3 for 5. Josh Ashenbrenner and Alexander Nunez each had a pair of hits. The Tigers remain a half game out of first place as Vermont also won.

Misc fan notes: Another big crowd at Conney Island as 8000+ turned out. The teams play a camp day game at noon tomorrow.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

A tree grows in Brooklyn and the Tigers lose 3-2...

in 11 innings tonight. The Cyclones tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th on a lead off homer off Tigers reliever Tyler Clark. The baby Mets then won it as Matt Perry's throwing error on a sac bunt allowed the winning run to score.
Brennan Smith started for Ct and went 7 Ip scattering 8 hits but giving up just a solo homer. Clark (2-1) pitched three innings and takes the loss.
The Tigers wrapped out 10 hits, 9 of them singles but could only manage 2 runs in the game. Vermont lost so the Tigers are still a half game behind the Lake Monsters for first place in the division.

Misc fan notes: 8700+ fans tuned out for the game down there tonight.....

Nice job....Ryan Lefler and Bryan Barkley...

Tiger stripes--the latest style

Irish American Night

The generic "C"

Military Appreciation Night

for their creativity with those logos behind home plate this season and also the Whaler logos last night. Don't know how much time that takes but it's those little touches that do/will make a difference over the long haul. The pictures don't really don't them justice....

5 Tigers named to NY-P All-Star team.....

Ryan Enos

PJ Polk

Julio Rodriquez

Matt Perry

James Robbins

1B James Robbins, 3B Matt Perry, OF Ryan Enos, OF PJ Polk and C Julio Rodriquez. The All-Star Game will be held on August 17, 2010 in Staten Island.

Here's hoping the 2012 All-Star Game is at Dodd!

Friday, August 06, 2010

HV misses both PATs but win 12-0....

tonight at Dodd as the Renegades' bats finally wake up after three straight losses blow out the Tigers. It was actually a close game after 5 inning with Hudson Valley with a 1-0 lead but the roof caved in on CT starter Josue Carreno (3-5) and relievers Drew Gagnier and Tyler White.
The Tigers could manage just two hits tonight, a PJ Polk triple and a Alexander Nunez single.
Vermont is winning 7-4 as I'm typing this so CT's stay in first place might be brief.

Misc fan notes: Well the Brass Bonanza didn't play at all tonight for CT runs; only for on field promotions. Former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin and player Bobby Crawford were both on hand. Bunch of folks with Whaler stuff on. The field was decorated with Whalers logos--very nice touch.
Hudson Valley also had a busload of fans there; a very lively bunch especially given the score.

NOTE: I'll have more tomorrow

Hockey Night at Dodd.....

Curious to check out the number of folks with Whalers gear on. That Whalers logo has made a comeback of sorts lately. Adam Sadler worn a t-shirt in his latest movie and I've seen Whalers t shirts appear in stores as well this year. Wonder what the deal there is.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Tigers win 3-2 as PJ Polk doubles in....

Londell Taylor who had also doubled in the bottom of the eighth inning breaking a 2-2 tie. The back to back doubles by Talyor and Polk came with two outs. Hudson Valley had tied the game in the top half of the inning with a run off reliever Tom Mowry (1-0). Tyler Clark pitched the 9th inning for the Tigers to earn his second win. Connecticut starter Rayni Guichardo went 5 Ip allowing one unearned run. Guichardo gave up 3 hits and walked 5 batters.
Connecticut allowed an unearned run in the second on two errors and a RBI single. CT committed 4 errors in the game leadin to both HV runs but also flashed some leather as 2B Alexander Nunez saved a pair of runs with a diving stop in the hole in the 5th inning with the bases loaded. Connecticut catcher Julio Rodriquez picked off a runner at second in the 8th to end the inning after the Renegades had tied the game and were threating to push more runs across. Taylor made a nice catch in the outfield in the 7th to rob a batter of extra bases.
The Tigers tied the score in the fourth on Brett Anderson's sac fly with the bases loaded scoring Nunez who had lead off with a single and then stole second. The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on PJ Polk's single and Nunez's long RBI triple into the right center gap.
PJ Polk went 3 for 5 in the lead off spot with a double and RBI. Alexander Nunez went 2 for 4 with that RBI triple. Londell Taylor had a pair of doubles going 2 for 3. Tigers banged out 10 hits but went just for 15 with RISP. With the win the Tigers are now in first place, a half game ahead of the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Misc fan notes: VERY good to be back at Dodd. Wish more folks came out. Only 1300 in house. Tiger worn special uniforms for Military Appreciation Night. The uniforms are very similar to the ones the Navigators worn for 4th of July and armed forces salutes .
Hartford Whalers night tomorrow. Got to pull/find that old Whalers uniform!

Ryan Soares was called out for using an illegal bat in the top of the 8th....very strange. Joe Perez with the explaination on his blog!

Pics top to bottom: Nunez, Mowry, Guichardo, Polk and Taylor

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Tigers sweep! Win Gm 2 2-1....

and climb to a game behind divison leader Vermont. Miguel Mejia (3-1) goes 5 IP and Tyler White notches his third save of the season.

God willing I'll be a Dodd tomorrow!

Tigers win Game 1 of tonight's DH 2-1...

against Hudson Valley. CT scored both runs in the bottom of the fourth. Alexander Nunez doubled leading off and then came in on Josh Ashenbrenner's triple. After Matt Perry walked, Eric Roof singled in Ashenbrenner to make it 2-0.
CT starter Patrick Lawson (2-0) went 5 IP and was help by an outfield assist in the fifth at home by Les Smith that kept the game from being tied.
Logan Hoch got a two inning inning save, his third of the season, to preserve the victory.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Tigers drop another to the Spinners 1-0..

tonight at Dodd. A Brandon Jacobs homer off tough luck CT starter Clemente Menoza (2-5) was the only scoring in the game. Another weak offensive performance by the Tigers as they could manage just three hits tonight before the usual 1100 or so fans.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Spinners top Tigers 6-1 tonight at Dodd...

as the Tigers could only muster two hits in the game. Brennan Somith takes the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season. Ryan Enos singled in the lone CT run in the bottowm of the 9th.

Misc fan notes: work schedule is bad right now but only 1000 for tonight's game? What's up?....Should be a lot better than that especially against a Red Sox team.....

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Tigers beat ValleyCats 3-1 this afternoon at Dodd....

as CT scored two runs in the first on an Alexander Nunez RBI ground out and a Josh Ashenbrenner single for the quick lead. PJ Polk later added an insurance run with a run scoring single.
Josue Carreno (3-4) started and went 6 Ip. Tim Mowry made his CT debut and threw two scoreless innings. Logan Hoch gave on for a 1-2-3 9th for his second save of the season.