Lake Monsters Nip Scrappers 7-5
The Vermont Lake Monsters jumped out to an early lead on the Scrappers and never looked back Thursday night, as they went on to take the middle game of the series 7-5.
Jake Sisco got the call for the Scrappers, and looked to improve on his last two outings where he had allowed a combined seven earned runs. He had allowed only seven combined in the six starts prior to that. Instead, Sisco had what was maybe his worst start of the year, tossing only four innings while allowing four runs on seven hits. The seven hits and four runs tied season lows, while the four innings was tied for his second shortest.
Sisco did benefit from an early 1-0 when the Scrapper offense jumped on Vermont starter Brent Powers in the first inning. Jairo Kelly led off the game with a single and moved to second when Tyler Naquin reached on an error. Charlie Valerio promptly smacked a single up the middle to deliver his team-leading 27th RBI.
Vermont didn’t waste any time answering back, however, scoring two of their own off of Sisco in the bottom half. After a double and single to lead of the game, a run from third scored after Richard Stock erred trying to throw out a runner stealing second. Then, with the runner on second, Christopher Bostock ripped an RBI single to give Vermont their first lead of the night at 2-1. They added another pair in the third, one off of a bases loaded sacrifice fly, and another off of an RBI single.
In the fourth, the Scrapper offense got to work, scoring three to square the game at four. Valerio and Logan Vick both walked to start the inning before Aaron Siliga delivered an RBI single to plate Valerio and pick up the first run. Then, Richard Stock followed with his second double of the season to bring home both Siliga and Vick and make it a 4-4 game.
The Scrappers could have done more damage, however. The starter Powers was yanked having not retired a batter in the inning and leaving a runner on second. Reliever Nate Eppley finagled his way out of trouble, getting three straight outs to end the inning.
Not taking advantage proved to be costly, as Vermont would tack on a run in both the fifth and sixth to make it a 6-4 ballgame. The runs both came off of James Stokes, who stepped into the game in relief of Sisco after the fourth. The run in the fifth came when John Wooten was eventually sacrificed home after a leadoff double, and in the sixth, Stokes surrendered his first home run of the year, to Lake Monster Addison Russell.
The Lake Monsters added one more in the eighth off of Scott Peoples, who replaced Stokes after the sixth, to make it a 7-4 game. The Scrapper offense had the makings of a rally in the ninth, getting a one out double from Stock followed by an RBI single from Erik Gonzalez. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as closer Ryan Dull was able to secure the last two outs to help the Lake Monsters to a 7-5 victory.
Stokes took the loss in the contest, his second of the year, while Eppley picked up the win. With the series tied at one game a piece, the Scrappers will look to take the deciding game of the series tomorrow night with a 7:05 scheduled first pitch.