The Vermont Lake Monsters continue to pile up the wins in the early going of the New York - Penn League. They celebrated the Fourth of July by taking two out of a three game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) played at Centennial Field in Burlington on July 4th - July 6th. With the pair of wins Vermont improved to 15-4 on the year, and increased their lead to four games over the Connecticut Tigers in the Stedlar Division.
On Sunday, July 4th the Lake Monsters won their team-record tying eighth straight game as they scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-3 in the opener of their three game set.
The eight-game winning streak ties a club record set first August 22-29, 1996 and then tied June 19-26, 2001 when Vermont began the season 8-0. The win was also their seventh straight at Centennial, the longest home winning streak since August 14-24, 2001, and are 8-1.
The Lake Monsters fell behind early 3-0 as the Crosscutters scored two runs in the second and another in the fourth. Michael Dabbs hit a leadoff home run in the second off Vermont starter Taylor Jordan, who later in the inning gave up an unearned run on a Jim Klocke RBI groundout. Williamsport's fourth-inning run came across on a Jordan wild pitch after a single and two groundouts.
Vermont got on the board in the fourth inning with an unearned run off Williamsport starter Kevin Angelle, who allowed just one hit with three walks and four strikeouts over five innings to lower his ERA to 0.37 in his four starts. Jason Martinson reached on an error to start the inning, advanced to second on a Stephen King single and to third on a balk before scoring on a David Freitas groundout.