Guerrrero named player of the week

BURLINGTON Vermont Lake Monsters outfielder Michael Guerrero was named the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for June 30-July 6, marking the second straight week the award has been won by a Lake Monsters player. Guerrero went 11-for-30 (.367) with four runs, four doubles, three homers and 11 RBI for the Lake Monsters in seven games to pick up the weekly honor. Third baseman Steve Souza was the Player of the Week June 23-29 after going 7-for-19 (.368) with seven runs, two doubles, four homers and 10 RBI in five games. It is the first time that Vermont players have won the New York-Penn League Player of the Week honors since Francisco Plasencia during the final week of the 2005 season. While Blake Stouffer's game-ending home run on Monday night gave the Lake Monsters a 3-2 victory and their twelfth win of the 2008 season, it was also the 500th regular-season win in Vermonts 15-year history in the New York-Penn League. The Vermont Lake Monsters began a three game road series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate) last Tuesday, and as of this papers deadline had split the first two games. With the split the Lake Monsters stood at 13-10 and maintained a one game lead in the New York-Penn Leagues Stedlar Division. A position they have occupied since June 29. On Ohio, Derek Norris went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the first and an RBI single in the seventh inning that snapped a 3-3 tie as the Vermont Lake Monsters opened a six-game roadtrip with a 5-3 New York-Penn League victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Wednesday (July 9) night at Eastwood Field. The second batter of the game, Norris drilled a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence for his second home run of the season. Lake Monster starter P.J. Dean made the run hold up until the fourth inning when he allowed a pair of unearned runs on a two-out Dani Arias throwing error on a groundball to shortstop for a 2-1 Mahoning Valley lead. Dean, who went just four innings on Wednesday after tossing six innings in each of his first three starts, gave up the two unearned run on just two hits with two walks and two strikeouts. After entering the game with a league-leading 0.50 ERA, Dean lowered the ERA to 0.41 with the four innings worked. Vermont was able to regain the lead in the top of the sixth as Tyler Moore hit a two-out, two-run homer to leftfield. The home run was the third of the year for Moore and increased Vermonts league-leading home run total to 19 overall, including seven home runs in the last four games. The Scrappers had just two hits over the first five innings, but used three straight one-out singles off reliever Kevin Light in the sixth inning to tie the game 3-3. But with runners on second and third with one out, Light (2-0) got out of further trouble with a lineout and groundout to keep the game tied. Blake Stouffer tripled down the leftfield line with one out in the seventh and Norris followed with a line drive RBI single to left with the infield in all the way around. Norris moved to second on a wild pitch and then stole third base as Steve Souza walked on a 3-2 pitch. Jesus Valdez followed with a long sacrifice fly to left field to plate Norris with the Lake Monsters fifth run. Julio Figuerero took over for Light and gave up a two-out single in a scoreless bottom of the seventh. He had to work out of a bit of trouble in the eighth inning as he struckout the final two batters of the inning with runners on first and second. David Slovack pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save of the season. Ryan Blair was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI for the Scrappers, while reliever Travis Turek (0-2) allowed four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss. Mahoning Valley starter Eric Berger had allowed just the Norris home run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings. The win moved Vermont to four games over .500 for the second time this season. But on Thursday night (July 10th) the Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored three runs on five consecutive two-out hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-4 lead and went on to defeat a sloppy Vermont Lake Monsters 9-4 in New York-Penn League action at Eastwood Field. Vermont led 3-0 early and 4-2 in the fourth when Mahoning Valley took over. Ryan Blair got the two-out rally started with a solo home run to cut the Lake Monster lead to one. Robert Alcombrack followed with a double and scored on a Walter Diaz RBI single to tie the game 4-4. Diaz, who had moved to second on a throw to the plate on his RBI single, then scored on a Isaias Velasquez RBI single to give the Scrappers the lead. Mahoning Valley would add to the lead with two runs (one unearned) in the sixth and then add two more unearned runs in the eighth for the 9-4 victory. Vermont scored twice in the first inning on a two-run Derek Norris single and added another run in the second on an RBI forceout from Dani Arias, who gave the Lake Monsters a 4-2 lead in the fourth with an RBI single to score Stephen Englund. But after the Scrappers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, the next nine Vermont batters would be set down in order until Norris led off the eighth with a walk. The Lake Monsters would get a one-out hit from Michael Guerrero and a two-out hit batter to load the bases, but Scrapper reliever Daniel Morales struckout Tyler Moore to end the threat. Velasquez was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and two RBI for Mahoning Valley, while Alcombrack had three hits and Diaz had two of the Scrappers 16 hits on the night. Starter Kaimi Mead (2-3) allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits over five innings for the win. Vermont starter Tommy Milone (1-1) and reliever Ricardo Pecina, who combined to allow nine runs on 16 hits in a 9-6 loss at State College on June 3rd, once again combined to allow nine runs (just five earned) on 16 hits in the loss to Mahoning Valley on Thursday. The loss continued a trend for the Lake Monsters, who have pitched well in victories and struggled in losses. Vermont has a 1.62 ERA in its 13 wins, while a 6.90 ERA in its 10 losses.

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