Joe Bruno Stadium was rocking Friday night, as the Tri-City Valleycats opened defense of their Stedler Division title with the first of a two-game series against the Connecticut Tigers.
For all intents & purposes, it was all 'Cats, all night. Starter Akeem Bostick, on a rehab assignment from Class-A-Advanced Lancaster, shut down the Tigers on just 2 hits with 2 strikeouts on just 70 pitches in 6 dominating innings. Bostick retired the first 9 batters in a row, even collecting a pair of infield assists in the first inning. According to the 'Cats' website, Bostick will have one more start before returning to Lancaster.
Outfielder Stephen Wrenn gave Bostick all the offense he really needed, leading off the home 1st with a home run. Tri-City added a single run in the 2nd, five in the 5, and six in the 7th, four on a Taylor Jones grand slam. By that time, it was time to turn out the lights. Tri-City opens with a 13-1 win.
The series concludes tonight, and, then, the 'Cats head downstate to Brooklyn to play 3 against the Cyclones before returning home on Wednesday.