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Dead even with 9 to go

When the Connecticut Tigers came to Burlington for a three game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters (Aug. 25-27) there backs were to the wall. The Lake Monsters held a three game lead over them with 15 left.

A Lake Monsters sweep would have all but ended any realistic hopes of the Tigers winning the New York - Penn Leagues Stedlar Division. Instead it was Connecticut who did the sweeping, playing themselves right back into the race. The Tigers outscored the Lake Monsters 21-10 over the course of the three games and left town in a dead tie for the division lead. Below is a game by game accounting of that fateful sweep.

The Connecticut Tigers scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 6-0 lead and then had to hold on for a 6-5 New York-Penn League victory as the Vermont Lake Monsters scored five times over the final three innings at historic Centennial Field on Wednesday night.

The Tigers got an unearned run in the fourth inning as Julio Rodriguez scored from second base on a two-out fielding error by Vermont second baseman Hendry Jimenez for a 1-0 Connecticut lead. The game stayed that way until the Tigers punched across five runs in the seventh inning on a pair of two-run singles from Ryan Enos and Alexander Nunez.

Connecticut's fifth run of the seventh also scored as Nunez's two-run single got past leftfielder Kevin Keyes for his second error of the inning and allowed James Robbins to score from first base with the Tigers sixth run.

Vermont got one run back in the bottom of the seventh on wild pitch and another in the eighth on a two-out bases loaded walk to Keyes. Jason Martinson followed with his third hit of the game to score Wade Moore and Ronnie to cut the deficit to 6-4. Then with runners on second and third, Jimenez flied out to center to end the inning.

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