Courtesy Vermont Lake Monsters
BURLINGTON — Kona Quiggle hit a two-run homer and Jack O’Laughlin tossed five solid innings to lead the Connecticut Tigers to a 6-3 New York-Penn League victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters Tuesday night at historic Centennial Field.
After Jordan Diaz tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning for Vermont with a run-scoring double, his 12th RBI of the season, Quiggle drilled his two-run homer to right in the top of the fourth off Lake Monsters starter Angello Infante to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage.
Connecticut led 4-1 when Kyle McCann, playing in his first game with the Lake Monsters, drilled a 390-foot two-run homer to rightfield cutting the deficit to one run. The 2019 fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech joined Vermont after hitting .400 with two home runs in five games with the Arizona League A’s.
The Tigers restored a two-run lead in the eighth on back-to-back two-out doubles from Cooper Johnson and Corey Joyce, then added a Eliezer Alfonso sacrifice fly after a Ryan Kriedler double in the ninth for a 6-3 lead.
Infante (0-2) was charged with three runs on three hits with three strikeouts over four innings to take the loss, while O’Laughlin (1-1) allowed one run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts over five innings for the win.
McCann had a pair of walks to along with his two-run homer in his debut with Vermont (5-6), which has lost five of its last six overall and its last three games at Centennial.
The homestand will continue on Wednesday as the Lake Monsters and Tigers play the second of the three-game series starting at 7:05pm. The first 750 fans will receive a free Lake Monsters cap.