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Oneonta Beats Vermont, 5-4 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 August 2007

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Oneonta at Vermont
New York-Penn League Baseball
August 31, 2007

Oneonta 5, Vermont 4

* Boomer Whiting was 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 steals (league-leading 33 stolen bases)
* Casper Wells hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd off Glenn Gibson (4-3) to give Oneonta a 4-1 lead
* Vermont (34-34) begins a 4-game series with Lowell (Red Sox affiliate) on Saturday
* There will be a post-game fireworks show following  the 7:05 pm game on Saturday

BURLINGTON, VT --- Casper Wells went 2-for-4 with four RBI,including a three-run homer in the top of the third inning to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Oneonta Tigers the lead for good in a 5-4 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters in New York-Penn League action Friday night at historic Centennial Field.

The Lake Monsters jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Boomer Whiting led off with a single, stole second for his league-leading 32 stolen base, moved to third on a flyout and scored on a Mark Gildea RBI groundout.

Oneonta tied the game in the second inning as Kody Kaiser walked with two outs and scored on an RBI double from Ryan Seawell of Vermont starter Glenn Gibson. Wells then hit his three-run homer, his eighth home run of the season, in the third for a 4-1 Tigers lead.

Vermont got an unearned run in the bottom of the third as Whiting led off with a walk, stole his 33rd base and moved to third on a throwing error before scoring on a Dan Lyons sacrifice fly. The Tigers got the lead back to three in the fifth on a RBI single from Wells for a 5-2 lead.

The Lake Monsters got within a run in the fifth inning as they loaded the bases on a hit batter and back-to-back singles, the first hits for Vermont since Whiting’s leadoff single in the first. They cut the lead to 5-3 when Anthony Benner scored on a bases loaded wild pitch, then Whiting scored his third run of the game on a RBI forceout from GIldea.

Vermont’s best chance to tie the game came in the ninth with back-to-back one-out walks, but Whiting hit into a forceout of Benner at second base and pinch runner Jonathan Martinez was caught off the bag at third base to end the game.

Oneonta (40-29) got 4.2 scoreless innings of relief from three pitchers, including 2.2 hitless innings with five strikeouts from Rudy Darrow (4-3) for the win. Noah Krol gave up the two walks in the ninth, but got the final two outs for his league-leading 16th save.

Gibson (4-3), who has now lost in three of his last four starts, allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over five innings. The Lake Monsters did get two scoreless innings of relief from Ryan Buchter, while Ryan Harrison worked out of a no-out, runner on third jam in the ninth to keep the deficit at one run.

Vermont (34-34) begin a four-game series to end the 2007 home season with the Lowell Spinners on Saturday night. There will be a post-game fireworks show following the 7:05 pm game between the Lake Monsters and the Boston Red Sox affiliate.

NOTES: With his two steals on Friday, Boomer Whiting now has 33 stolen bases on the season ... That ties him with Ed Bady (1995) for second-place on the Vermont single-season stolen base list behind Kenny James with a record 37 steals in 1997 ... The Lake Monsters are now 6-10 in 1-run games this season and finished the season series with Oneonta 5-5.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 September 2007 )
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