Back-to-back RBI triples by Anthony Kemp and D’Andre Toney highlighted a four-run second inning that propelled the Tri-City ValleyCats to a 9-3 New York-Penn League victory over the error-prone Auburn Doubledays on Thursday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
The Doubledays made six errors in the game, including three in the seventh inning. Of the nine runs scored by Tri-City, only three were earned.
The Stedler Division-leading ’Cats, who have won seven of their last eight, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Toney singled with one out. After Conrad Gregor struck out, Toney stole second. He scored on Michael Martinez’s double.
In the second, Jake Rodriguez doubled with one out. He went to third on James Ramsay’s groundout. The inning appeared to be over when Thomas Lindauer hit a grounder to first baseman James Yezzo. But Yezzo booted the ball, allowing Lindauer to reach base and Rodriguez to score.
Kemp then hit his RBI triple, and Toney followed with his run-scoring triple. Gregor brought Toney home with an RBI single to make it 5-0.
The Doubledays got a run back when Brenton Allen led off the third with a homer. Auburn made it 5-2 in its half of the sixth when Yezzo scored on a throwing error by shortstop Lindauer.
But the ’Cats scored twice in their half of the sixth. Ryan Dineen led off with a single. Rodriguez followed with a single to right field. Right fielder Wilman Rodriguez misplayed the ball, allowing Dineen to score. However, Jake Rodriguez was thrown out at third base.
Ramsay singled, and went to second on an errant pickoff throw by pitcher Jake Joyce. Lindauer drove in Ramsay with an RBI double.
Auburn got its final run in the seventh on an RBI forceout by Yezzo. The ’Cats got a run in the seventh when Dineen scored on an error, and one more in the eighth on Jon Kemmer’s RBI single.
Tri-City starter Andrew Thurman (1-0) pitched a solid five innings. He allowed a run on six hits, struck out six and walked one.
The two teams conclude their three-game series tonight at 7.