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Connecticut uses extra frame to sink Lowell Spinners

Posted by Craig Forde  August 26, 2012 08:36 PM

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LOWELL - A tenth inning home run from Jake Stewart helped the Connecticut Tigers back a solid night of pitching in a 2-1 win over the Lowell Spinners at LeLacheur Park on Sunday night.

The Spinners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when a Deven Marrero single brought in Matty Johnson from second base and it looked as if they might be on their way to a .500 record for the first time since June 25th.

Unfortunately for the Spinners, they would not pick up another hit until the sixth inning thanks to an impressive five innings of work from Connecticut starter Edgar De La Rosa who allowed only one hit, striking out two and walking two. DeLaRosa.jpg

“De La Rosa did a great job,” said Tigers manager Andrew Graham of his starter, who routinely threw his fastball in the high-90s. “He gave us five quality innings, giving up only that one hit, so you can’t ask for any more than that. Obviously we’d like him to go further in the game, but we've got pitching restrictions, which is why he came out [after] the fifth.”

Equally effective for the Tigers was reliever Ramon Lebron who worked a knee-buckling breaking ball for six strikeouts over three innings.

The Spinners bats continued to avoid pitches when side-armer Matt Davenport came on in the ninth, striking out two to send the game into extra innings.

Lowell reliever Gerardo Oliveras whiffed Carlos De Los Santos to start the tenth, and had two strikes on Stewart before he caught a hold of a fastball that touched the left field scoreboard for what would be the game-winning hit.

Despite an errant pick-off attempt that put Aneury Tavarez at third base in the bottom of the tenth, Davenport held tight for the win, striking out Oscar Perez for the final out.

“De La Rosa and Lebron have plus arms and they pitched off their fast ball tonight, doing a great job of staying in the zone,” said Graham. “Davenport has been doing a great job for us all year. He’s been really effective, a little bit deceptive from down there and just does the job.”

Jared Reaves tied the game in the fifth inning with a one out double that scored Edgar Corcino. The win halted a five game losing streak for the Tigers and ended a five game Spinners win streak.

NOTES: Spinners starting pitcher Pat Light was effective in his three innings of work, facing eleven batters, striking out two and pacing himself thanks to a four pitch, 1-2-3 second inning. “I felt good. All my pitches were working well. It’s been a long year for me, my first start was the third week in February. I’m still going and I like it, but I’m ok with it ending.” Light is scheduled to make two more starts, including the final game of the season on the road in Brooklyn….OF Seth Schwindenhammer has been shut down for the remainder of the season as he recovers from appendix surgery.

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