BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 31, 2017 | Tri-City Valley Cats 1, Vermont Lake Monsters 0 F/10 | New York-Penn League (SS)
TROY, N.Y. – Great pitching was on display in Troy, New York, on Monday as the scoreboard filled up with zeros before a walk-off walk in the 10th to give the Tri-City Valley Cats a 1-0 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Tri-City put on a phenomenal pitching performance as they took a no-hitter into the eighth inning between three pitchers.
Tyler Ivey, a third round pick out of Grand Junction JC, started on the hill for the Valley Cats and went 4.2 innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Diogenes Almengo kept the no-hit bid alive through the sixth before being relieved by Carlos Hiraldo in the seventh. Vermont broke through against Hiraldo with one out in the eighth on an Iolana Akau single.
For the Lake Monsters, 2017 draft picks Wyatt Marks, Parker Dunshee, and Logan Salow each racked up four strikeouts while pitching 3.1, 2.2, and two innings, respectively. Marc Berube came in for Vermont for a quick ninth, but unraveled in the 10th.
J.J. Matijevic doubled with one out in the 10th and later scored on a bases-loaded two-out Jake Adams walk-off walk. With just Matijevic on base, Berube walked the final three batters of the game to take the loss and move to 2-2 on the year.
Monday’s hero, Adams, completed a sombrero (0-4, 4 K) before his RBI-walk in extras. The sixth round pick out of Iowa has struggled to a .170/.258/.384 slash, but leads Tri-City with seven home runs and is second on the team in RBI with 17.
Vermont dropped to 22-18 in the New-York Penn League, but still lead the Stedler Division by a game-and-a-half over the Connecticut Tigers and 3.5 games over the Valley Cats.
Vermont Lake Monsters (22-18) 000 000 000 0 – 0 1 1
Tri-City Valley Cats (18-21) 000 000 000 1 – 1 4 2
7/30 Vermont 5, Tri-City 2
7/31 Tri-City 1, Vermont 0 F/10
8/1 Vermont at Tri-City
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is shared by the Valley Cats and Hudson Valley Community College and sits on the HVCC campus. The field has a wooded backdrop and a vast majority of the seats are already in the shade by time the first pitch is thrown during night games. Overall it is a very nice ballpark and the NYP League has taken notice as Bruno Stadium will hold this year’s NYP All Star Game.
The Valley Cats gave away Ron Guidry bobbleheads, celebrating his famous rehab start for the Albany-Colonie Yankees in 1986.
Richmond Flying Squirrels at New Hampshire Fisher Cats on August 2.