NORWICH, CT – The Connecticut Tigers had a late rally to defeat the visiting Staten Island Yankees, 5-4. Isaias Tejeda had a base hit that was turned into a reached-on-an-error after the game, ending his hitting streak at 20 games.
The Tigers got ahead early in the game, plating a run off of Yankees starter Jordan Foley. Foley was tapped for two runs by Connecticut on four hits and two walks in his three innings of work.
The Connecticut lead did not last for long as Staten Island tied the game in the top of the second inning. Connor Spencer started off with a line drive single to center and after two outs scored on a double by Renzo Martini.
The Baby Bombers added two more in the top of the third. Vicente Conde walked and stole second with one-out. Ty McFarland and Isaias Tejeda then worked back-to-back walks to load the bases for Connor Spencer who lined a single to center for the RBI. With the bases still loaded Chris Breen then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
Staten Island would plate their last run of the game in the top of the fifth inning. Isaias Tejeda started the inning reaching on a fielding error, then went to second on a single by Connor Spencer and moved to third on a passed ball. Tejeda then scored when Chris Breen hit into a double-play at short.
Jonathan Holder followed Foley on the mound. In three and a third innings Holder was charged with two unearned runs on five hits and striking out two before Rony Bautista came in the game. Bautista went two and a third innings and was charged with a blown save and the loss allowing a run on two hits.
Tomorrow night is the rubber game of a three-game set between the Connecticut Tigers and the Staten Island Yankees, David Palladino is scheduled to get the start. After that game the Baby Bombers will board the bus and head back to Staten Island to start a six-game homestand, starting with a three-game set with the Lowell Spinners.