New York-Penn League: Connecticut Tigers drop series opener to Tri-City ValleyCats

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TROY, N.Y. –  Ryan Kreidler went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, but Connecticut fell 3-2 against Tri-City Friday night in Troy, New York.
The Tigers (17-23) have lost their fourth straight game for the first time this season.
The ValleyCats (16-23) got the scoring started in the bottom half of the first inning. After back-to-back singles, Nate Perry delivered a two-RBI single to make it 2-0. Perry went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Kedier Montero made his first career New York-Penn League start for Connecticut. After surrendering the two runs in the first inning, he pitched four scoreless frames.
Montero allowed two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts over five innings. This was the third longest outing of his career and the second longest outing this season.
The Tigers were no-hit through 5.2 innings, but Jose King got the first hit on a single through the left side of the infield in the sixth. Kingston Liniak added an infield single to put runners at first and second. Kreidler drove in both runners with a double down the left-field line to make it 2-2.
Zac Shepherd came in to relieve Montero in the bottom half of the sixth. With a runner at third and two outs, Juan Paulino scored on a passed ball to give Tri-City a 3-2 lead.
Shepherd pitched two innings while allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Paulino went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Juan Pablo Lopez pitched the final three innings to get his first save this season.