Vermont Squanders Lead, Tri-City Avoids Sweep

The Vermont Lake Monsters squandered a 5-0, seventh-inning lead over the Tri-City Valley Cats, as the Cats rallied with five runs in the top of the seventh before adding a pair in the ninth en route to a 7-5 victory, avoiding the series sweep.

Tyler Painton took the loss for Vermont, giving up two runs in 2.1 innings of work, dropping his record to 1-1 on the season. Chris Murphy earned the win for the Valley Cats, tossing four innings of shutout baseball, striking out five and relinquishing just two hits.

Brett Siddall went 2-for-4 for Vermont (28-37) with a double and a triple, scoring once, while Seth Brown went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Trace Loehr had two RBI’s of his own.

Johnny Sewald, Bobby Wernes, and Cesar Carrasco all had a pair of hits for the Valley Cats, who improved to 36-30 on the year. Wernes added three RBI’s for Tri-City.

Vermont started the scoring in the bottom of the first on a two-out, RBI double from Brown, before pushing four across in the bottom of the second. Siddall led things off with a triple, before coming home on a Ryan Howell sacrifice fly. Richie Martin rolled a soft ground ball between first and second as Skye Bolt, who reached on a walk, raced all the way around from second to score, while Martin pulled in to second.

Loehr followed with a slow roller of his own up the middle. Valley Cats shortstop Brooks Marlow was unable to pick the ball up cleanly, allowing both Pallares and Martin to cross home as well.

A Vermont error put the lead man on for Tri-City in the seventh inning, before a Carrasco single put runners on the corner before Lyons struck out Pat Porter. Catcher Tom Gavitt dropped a would be third out on a pop up behind the plate, paving the way for the Valley Cats outburst.

Richard Gonzalez walked loading the bases for Sewald, who laced a two-run double to left center field. Alexander Melendez reached on an infield single, scoring Gonzalez from third, before Wernes doubled to right field, plating a pair of runs and tying the game.

Tri-City added two in the ninth on an RBI single from Wernes and an RBI double from Kolbey Carpenter.

Vermont goes on the road for a three game set at Aberdeen before returning home for four games against Hudson Valley, the final home stand of the season for Vermont.

Tri-City returns home for a three game set against Brooklyn.

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