August 21, 2007 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) - Vermont Lake Monsters
ONEONTA, NY --- Vermont Lake Monster fans have had the chance in 2007 to see some of the Washington Nationals top young pitchers from the past two drafts and now it looks like they are about to see some of the top young hitters from those drafts.
Newcomers Michael Burgess, Stephen King and Stephen Englund combined to go 5-for-10 with two runs and four RBI to lead the Lake Monsters to a 7-3 victory over the Oneonta Tigers in the opener of a New York-Penn League doubleheader on Tuesday night at Damaschke Field, while the Tigers earned a split with a 4-0 victory in the nightcap.
The Lake Monsters jumped out 2-0 in the top of the first inning of game one as Dan Lyons followed a Boomer Whiting leadoff single with an RBI triple and then scored later in the inning on an RBI single from the 18-year-old Burgess, who was the Nationals 3rd first-round pick (and 49th pick overall) in the 2007 Draft.
Vermont added two more runs in the fourth inning with one out as Burgess singled, Stephen King doubled him to third and both runners scored on a two-run single from Stephen Englund. Burgess went 3-for-4 in his Lake Monsters debut, while 19-year-old King (3rd-round pick in 2006) and 19-year-old Englund (2nd-round pick in 2006) both went 1-for-3.
Adrian Alaniz (7-1) gave up two runs on three hits in the fourth inning, but finished his first start since August 7th by allowing just the two runs on five hits with five strikeouts to pick up his league-high tying seventh win of the season.
The Lake Monsters added three unearned runs in the sixth inning on two run-scoring errors and an RBI single from Burgess. After Vermont\'s Martin Beno walked the bases loaded to start the ninth inning, Luke Pisker came on for a pair of strikeouts surrounding a sacrifice fly for his first save of the season.
Oneonta starter Guillermo Moscoso, who pitched a nine-inning perfect game against Batavia on July 15th, gave up just one run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts for the complete-game victory in game two. Vermont\' only run came in the sixth inning on an RBI double from Bill Rhinehart, his league-leading 18th double of the season.
The Lake Monsters, who had made just three errors in the previous 11 games, committed two errors in the third inning to give the Tigers an unearned run and 1-0 lead. Oneonta added three runs on three hits and a walk in the fifth inning off reliever Alberto Tavarez for a 4-0 lead.
Vermont (32-26), which finished a nine-game roadtrip 3-6 to fall to third-place in the Stedler Division, will play its first game at historic Centennial Field since August 9th when they open a six-game homestand on Wednesday night against the Staten Island Yankees. Hassan Pena is slated to start the 7:05 contest for the Lake Monsters, who will play 12 of their next 14 games at Centennial.
NOTES: The doubleheader split on Tuesday was the first of the season for Vermont in its 5th doubleheader ... The Lake Monsters had swept three doubleheaders, while being swept once previous to Tuesday ... Vermont finished a stretch with 24 of 35 games on the road over 39 days (July 13th-August 21st) with a 19-16 record ... The Lake Monsters committed three errors in the nightcap of the doubleheader, the first three-error game for Vermont since July 6th.