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Monsters player makes it to the MLB

The Washington Nationals purchased the contract of pitcher Marco Estrada from Triple-A Columbus, making Estrada the 51th former member of the Vermont Lake Monsters organization to reach the Major Leagues. Estrada pitched for the then Vermont Expos in 2005, going 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA in nine games (six starts). The right-hander, who was the Nationals selected in the fifth round of 2005 Draft out of Long Beach State University, allowed 21 runs (19 earned) on 31 hits with 16 walks and 37 strikeouts over 33.2 innings for the Expos. After pitching Single-A baseball in 2006 and 2007, Estrada is a combined 9-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 13 starts at Double-A Harrisburg and 12 starts at Triple-A Columbus. He has walked 43 and struckout 119 over 139 2/3 innings in his 25 starts. While the 51st former Vermont player to reach the Major Leagues all-time, Estrada is the 16th to play in the majors during the 2008 season. Mitch Abeitas two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th inning gave the Staten Island a 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters in New York-Penn League action, Aug. 21, night at historic Centennial Field. The loss, which was their first game back from the all-star break, was their sixth in a row. With pinch runner Jahdiel Santamaria on second with two outs, Abeita lined a 2-1 pitch from Steven Stewart into left field for his second RBI single of the night. The victory was the eighth straight win for Staten Island (39-21), including four consecutive victories over the Lake Monsters. The Yankees had jumped on top 3-1 with three runs in the top of the fourth. Dan Brewer had an RBI double in the inning to tie the game 1-1, while Abeita had an RBI single to cap off the three-run inning. Vermont tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning as Dani Arias singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out Steve Souza RBI single. Souza then stole second and scored on a RBI single by Danny Espinoza, who was 2-for-3 on the night and is now 7-for-9 in his three games with the Lake Monsters. Staten Island retook the lead in the sixth on a Jack Rye solo home run off starter Patrick Arnold, who allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Vermont tied the game 4-4 in the seventh when Jake Smolinski doubled with two outs and scored all the way from second on a wild pitch. Jason Kiley (2-1) tossed two scoreless innings of relief for the win, while Pat Venditte a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 17th save of the season. Venditte is a ambidexerous pitcher who retired right-handed batters Derek Norris and Michael Guerrero while throwing right-handed, then got left-handed batter Jake Dugger to pop up for the final out of the game while pitching left-handed. Stewart (2-2) allowed a run on three hits in two innings for his second straight loss to the Yankees, while Dugger was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Brian Baisley went 3-for-5 for Staten Island, while Dan Brewer had two doubles and Rye two runs scored. Ice Storm Brad Rudderman continued to lead the Vermont Ice Storm in their attempt to repeat last years undefeated Empire Football League championship run. This past Saturday in Colchester Rudderman completed 12 of his 18 attempts for 198 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Storm past the Massena Raiders 57-0. His favorite target was once again Austin Partain who caught five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Rob Joy caught three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, while Zack Howe, Ray Hershenhorn, Joe Randall and Jeff Burkholder added two receptions apiece to the ariel assault. When the Storm did decide to go to the ground, Akeem Williams set the pace, rushing for sixty-five yards on six carries, including a touchdown. Leading rusher Jason Young carried the ball five times for 55 yards and a touchdown. John Fahey, who had 43 yards on just four carries, also contributed a rushing touchdown. Vermont improved to 5-0 with the win, keeping their hopes for back-to-back perfect seasons alive. In their first five games Vermont has outscored their EFL opponents 230-63. Massena remained winless at 0-4 with the loss.

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