CT Tigers Drop Doubleheader Opener to Staten Island
NORWICH, Ct. - Clark Brinkman scored twice and finished 2-for-3 at the plate but the Connecticut Tigers (24-28) gave up a late lead to the Staten Island Yankees (27-26) and lost in the first extra inning, 3-2, during Game 1 of a Sunday doubleheader at Dodd Stadium.
Following the conclusion of Game 1, a rainstorm washed away Game 2 and the contest will not be held on a later date because the Tigers and Yankees do not meet again in the 2018 New York-Penn League regular season.
Connecticut seized a 1-0 lead in the third inning of Game 1. Following a leadoff single by Brinkman, a throwing error by pitcher Matt Sauer, and a wild pitch, Brinkman reached third base and scored on a two-out RBI single to left field by NYPL All-Star Eric De La Rosa.
Tigers starting pitcher Adam Wolf tossed three scoreless innings with one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts before reliever Michael Gizzi pitched a hitless frame with one walk in his NYPL debut.
Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, Staten Island placed a runner on second base against Mitchell Stalsberg and tied the game with an RBI single from Josh Breaux against All-Star closer Yaya Chentouf (Blown Save, 1), who is now 8-for-9 in save opportunities as a pro.
Connecticut failed to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh after pinch-runner Jeremiah Burks reached third base with nobody out. In the top of the eighth, Staten Island scored twice on an RBI double by Breaux and an RBI single by Jesus Bastidas for a 3-1 lead. The Tigers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth when Brinkman scored on a double-play grounder from Moises Nunez but Yankees reliever Brooks Kriskie struck out Isrrael De La Cruz to end the game.
The New York-Penn League All-Star break is scheduled for August 13-14 and the Tigers return to action on Thursday, August 15 during a two-game road series against the first-place Tri-City ValleyCats. Coverage on the Norwich Courtyard by Marriott Connecticut Tigers Radio Network begins August 15 at 6:50 p.m. with Kevin Gehl on WICH 1310 AM and online at CTTigers.com.
Connecticut will host a seven-game homestand beginning Friday, August 17 at 7:05 p.m. against the Aberdeen IronBirds on Military Appreciation Night presented by the Better Business Bureau. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a 2018 CT Military Heroes Card Set and postgame fireworks presented by Liberty Bank will immediately follow the contest.
The Connecticut Tigers are the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut. Individual tickets for all 2018 home games, season memberships to "The Club," ticket mini-plans, and Tigers team merchandise are now on sale at Dodd Stadium, by phone at 860-887-7962, and online at CTTigers.com.
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