The Vermont Lake Monsters continue to enjoy success in the 2010 season. After losing two in a row on the road against the State College Spikes last Sunday and Monday, including a 13-2 thumping on Monday, Vermont bounced back to take the third game last Tuesday 3-1. They then went on to defeat the Aberdeen Iron Birds 6-1 last Wednesday to open a six game home stand. After the back-to-back wins the Lake Monsters were 19-7 and had widened their lead over the Connecticut Tigers to 6 games in the New York-Penn League's Stedlar Division.
After winning the opener of their three game series on Sunday, July 11th 3-0 the State College Spikes brought the bats on Monday and destroyed Vermont pitching with a 13-2 win in the second game. The Spikes produced twenty hits to put back-to-back losses on Vermont for the first time this year.
Vermont (17-7), which came into the game having allowed the fewest hits (161) in the New York-Penn League this season, gave up the most hits by a Lake Monsters team since Jamestown had 21 hits on August 19, 2009 at Centennial Field in a 13-0 Jammers win.
The Spikes used a walk and four hits in the bottom of the first inning to score four runs off Vermont starter Matt Swynenberg (2-1), who had allowed just one run on 11 hits over 22 innings in his first four starts of the season. State College scored two more runs on five hits in the second inning to chase Swynenberg, who gave up six runs on nine hits in just two innings on Monday.
Three more runs on three hits and two walks off reliever Cameron Selik gave the Spikes a 9-1 lead after three innings. Vermont used five pitchers in the game with each pitcher allowing at least one run. After four doubles in a 3-0 win over Vermont Sunday, State College added five doubles and a solo homer among its 20 hits in Monday's win.
Matt Curry was 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, homer and four RBI for State College (13-11), while Kelson Brown was 4-for-6 with one run, a double and two RBI. Adalberto Santo was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and three RBI, while Gift Ngoepe and Kyle Saukko both had two hits and three runs.
The loss was the fourth straight suffered by Vermont at State College, dating back to 9-6 and 12-0 losses to the Spikes at Medlar Field July 3-4, 2008. With losses in the first two of the three-game series, Vermont will lose its first series of the season after winning seven and splitting a two-game series.
Blke Kelso and David Freitas both had two of Vermont's six hits in the game, while the Lake Monsters scored their two runs on a bases loaded in the first inning and a Justin Miller RBI infield single in the 9th.
After the back-to-back losses the Vermont Lake Monsters got back in the win column July 13 as Colin Bates and Shane McCatty both tossed four strong innings, while Russell Moldenhauer added a two-run double in a 3-1 victory over the Spikes in the final game of their three game set.
Vermont got its first run in the top of the first as Hendry Jimenez tripled with one out and scored on a Stephen King sacrifice fly. Jimenez's triple was just the second of the season for the Lake Monsters and the first since Ronnie LaBrie tripled on June 22.
Bates got the start for Vermont and allowed three hits with one walk and two strikeouts over the first four innings. Two of those hits were two-out singles in the first and the other a two-out single in the second. McCatty (2-1) took over in the fifth, allowing one run on four hits in his four innings for the win.
The game stayed 1-0 Vermont until the sixth when Spikes reliever Trent Stevenson walked Chad Mozingo and Stephen King ahead of Moldenhauer's two-run double to centerfield. It was Moldenhauer's first double of the season to go along with his five home runs and he nows leads the team with 13 RBI in just 11 games.
McCatty had a 16-inning scoreless streak snapped in the seventh inning when he gave up a one-out double to Matt Skirving and a two-out RBI single to Gift Ngoepe, who was tagged out trying to advance to second. Neil Holland tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
David Freitas was 2-for-4 with an RBI to extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest for a Lake Monster since J.R. Higley and Francisco Soriano both had 12-game hit streaks during the 2009 season. Freitas, who is now hitting .381 overall, has nine two-hit games during the 11-game hitting streak.
Starter Tyler Waldron (0-2) gave up one run on four hits over five innings to take the loss for State College (13-12), which had won the first two games of the series to give Vermont its first series loss of the season.
Bobby Hansen tossed six solid innings and Vermont used a four-run seventh inning to pull away from the Aberdeen Ironbirds as the Lake Monsters opened a six-game home stand with a 6-1 New York-Penn League victory Wednesday, July 14, at historic Centennial Field.