Vermont Lake Monsters pitching dominated the Tri-City Valley Cats by throwing three straight shutouts at them in a three game series played at historic Centennial Field in Burlington last Monday through Wednesday. In the three-game series with Tri-City, the Lake Monsters allowed just 10 hits with eight walks and 24 strikeouts in 27 scoreless innings. It is the first time in Vermont history that the Lake Monsters have recorded three straight shutouts.
The Lake Monster improved to 10-3 with the sweep and remained two games ahead of Connecticut in the New York-Penn League's Stedlar Division. This is the club's best start in the team's 17-year history.
In the series opener Monday night Stephen King and Ronnie LaBrie each led off an inning wth a home run and three Lake Monster pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as Vermont beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 2-0.
King led off the fourth inning by lining a 3-2 pitch from Valley Cat starter Carlos Quevedo just inside the leftfield foul pole for his second home run of the season to give Vermont a 1-0 lead.
One inning later LaBrie hit the first pitch of the inning from Quevedo over the leftfield fence to give the Lake Monsters the 2-0 lead. It was LaBrie's first home run of the season and his first home run for Vermont since going deep last season in the season-opener at Lowell June 19.
Vermont starter Taylor Jordan (1-0) allowed just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts over five innings to pick up his first win of the season. Jordan has now allowed just two earned runs with 14 strikeouts over his first 14 2/3 innings in three starts for the Lake Monsters.
Tri-City's best chance to score came in the top of the second when a Ben Heath leadoff double and a LaBrie error gave the Valley Cats runners on first and third with no outs. But Jordan struck out Daniel Adamson looking, got Nick Stanley to fly out to shallow left and Oscar Figueroa to groundout to get out of the jam.