Lake Monsters Game Story - Vermont 2-4, Brooklyn 0-7
BURLINGTON, VT --- After Francisco Soriano's two-run single in the second inning and a combined two-hit shutout from Chad Jenkins and Steven Stewart gave the Vermont Lake Monsters a 2-0 victory in game one, the Brooklyn Cyclones took game two 7-4 in New York-Penn League doubleheader action Wednesday afternoon at historic Centennial Field.
Soriano's two-run single came with two outs in the second inning of the opener to score Justin Bloxom and Jack Walker. It would one of only two hits, along with a two-out J.P. Ramirez triple in the sixth, in the seven-inning game for the Lake Monsters. But Jenkins and Stewart allowed just two Cyclones hit in combining on the Lake Monsters fifth shutout of the season.
Jenkins, making his debut with Vermont after being promoted from the Gulf Coast League, gave up both hits with three walks and four strikeouts over four innings. Stewart (2-1) retired all nine batters he faced in three innings of relief for his second win of the season.
In the nightcap, Vermont starter Graham Hicks (2-2) walked the first three batters he faced as he gave up two runs in the first inning. The Cyclones used four singles and a Hicks throwing error to score four more times in the second inning for a 6-0 lead.
Brooklyn led 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Lake Monsters were able to bunch five hits in a row to score four runs. Ramirez and Adam Amar started the rally with back-to-back one-out singles and Ramirez then scored on a Dan Killian RBI double down the rightfield line. Bloxom and Walker followed with RBI singles to cut the deficit to 7-4, but reliever Erik Turgeon got Ronnie LaBrie to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Collin McHugh (5-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hit over 5 1/3 innings for the win, while Michael Powers picked up his sixth save with a scoreless seventh inning. Garber and Dock Doyle both scored two runs, while Tyler Vaughn had two hits for Brooklyn (22-11).
Hicks (2-2) gave up six runs (three earned) in two innings as the four Vermont pitchers in the game two combined to walk eight Cyclones. Ramirez and Walker both had two hits, while Dani Arias went 3-for-4 for the Lake Monsters who lost for the first time this season when outhitting their opponent.
The doubleheader split leaves Vermont (17-15) tied for second-place in the Stedler Division with the Lowell Spinners. The Lake Monsters will be at Lowell for games on Thursday and Friday night before the four-game series moves to Vermont with a game Saturday at 7:05 pm and Sunday at 5:05 pm.
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