The Vermont Lake Monsters got back on the winning track last weekend when they took two of three at home against State College, Pa., but it could be a case of to little, to late for the quickly fading Monsters. Even with the series win Vermont stood at 26 - 30 headed into ation this past Monday. And with just three weeks left in the season the Lake Monsters were in third place in the New York-Penn League's Stedler Division, five games behind front running Lowell with just three weeks left in their season.
The bat and the glove of Destin Hood carried the Vermont Lake Monsters to a 5-3 victory over the State College Spikes in the series opener last Friday night at historic Centennial Field.
With two runs in and the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning for State College, Hood made a diving catch of an Aaron Baker line drive down the leftfield line to end the inning and keep the Spikes lead at 2-1.
State College got an unearned run in the sixth inning for a 3-1 advantage, but Hood then tied the game with a two-run line drive home run over the leftfield wall. It was Hood's first home run with the Lake Monsters.
The game stayed 3-3 until the bottom of the eighth when Vermont loaded the bases on back-to-back walks and a J.P. Ramirez single with no outs. Hood then gave the Lake Monsters the lead with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and J.R. Higley added an insurance run with another sac fly to center for a 5-3 Vermont lead.
Clayton Dill (3-4) pitched the final two innings for Vermont, allowing one hits with one walk and four strikeouts for his third win of the season. Lake Monsters starter Matt Swynenberg had tossed four scoreless innings before being touched up for two runs in the fifth on a Pat Irvine solo home run and Brock Holt RBI single.
Teddy Fallon (1-2) gave up the two runs in the eighth inning to take the loss for State College after starter Kyle McPherson had allowed three runs on five hits over the first six innings. Irvine was 3-for-5 with a double to go along with his second home run of the season for the Spikes (28-27).
Francisco Soriano was 2-for-3 with two runs and a double for Vermont, who snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory. Sean Nicol put the Lake Monsters ahead 1-0 in the third with a sac fly, giving Vermont three sacrifice flies in the game along with the Hood home run.
Yhonson Lopez tied the game with a two-run triple and then scored the winning run on a J.P. Ramirez sacrifice fly as the Vermont Lake Monsters scored four times in the bottom of the ninth inning for a come-from-behind 4-3 in game two over the State College Spikes Saturday night at historic Centennial Field.
The Lake Monsters had just two singles, both by Sean Nicol, over the first eight innings and trailed 3-0 as the bottom of the ninth began. J.R. Higley was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a Justin Bloxom single and scored on a wild throw back to the infield by leftfielder Butch Biela.
After Adam Amar flew out, Sandy Leon singled to right-field to put runners on first and second with one out. Lopez, who was 1-for-13 in limited action this season, then grounded the first pitch from Alan Knotts down the right-field line for the two-run triple that tied the game.
State College walked Francisco Soriano and Sean Nicol to load the bases before Ramirez hit the first pitch he saw deep enough to leftfield to allow Lopez to score with the winning run. It was Vermont's first win in 2009 when trailing after eight innings (1-16) and also the largest deficit overcome to win a game this season.
The Spikes had taken the 3-0 lead with single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh inning. Justin Byler put State College on the board with a solo home run in the fourth inning off of Lake Monsters starter Paul Applebee, making his debut with Vermont after being promoted from the Gulf Coast League. Applebee allowed two runs on four hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work, while reliever Evan Bronson gave up one unearned run on no hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Jose Pinales (3-1) allowed two hits and struck out two in the ninth inning to pick up the win for Vermont, while Knotts (3-2) took the loss for State College (28-28). Spikes starter Michael Feliz allowed just one hit, a first inning infield single, over 4 2/3 innings and Mike Williams struckout seven of the nine batters he faced in 2 1/3 innings.
The State College Spikes scored four runs in the top of the first inning and then scored a single run in six of the other eight innings to avoid the sweep and claim a 10-5 New York-Penn League victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters on Sunday evening at historic Centennial Field.
The Spikes used three singles, including a David Rubinstein two-run single, and two walks by Vermont starter Chad Jenkins to score the four runs in the first inning. The Spikes added another run off Jenkins in the second inning on a sacrifice fly, one of four sac flies for State College in the game.
Edward Garcia's RBI single in the third gave State College a 6-0 lead before the Lake Monsters rallied to get back to within one run at 6-5 as Vermont scored a run in the fourth and added four more runs in the fifth innings. The Spikes then scored single runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings for the 10-5 advantage.
Rubinstein was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI for State College (29-28), while Garcia went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Justin Byler was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Evan Chambers scored two runs and hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. Tyler Cox (7-2) allowed five runs (two earned) over four innings to pick up the win in relief of starter Victor Black, who struckout four in three hitless innings.
Jenkins (0-1) allowed five runs on four hits with three walks in his two innings to take the loss, while four Vermont relievers each allowed at least one run. J.P. Ramirez went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, while J.R. Higley had two RBI for the Lake Monsters.
Vermont (26-30) took a couple of days off for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, which ws held on Tuesday at State College. The Lake Monsters were back in action on Wednesday starting at 7:05 as they begin a three-game series against the Jamestown Jammers at Centennial Field.