Another tight one in Connecticut

A bright evening at Dodd Stadium got off to a sunny start for the Defenders.

The Baysox's Sebastien Boucher drove a shot into the outfield, but a diving catch by centerfielder Antoan Richardson started the game with an out.

Kyle Haines, who looked good all evening in his second appearance at the shortstop position, followed with a strong throw to land the second out of the evening and a nice flip to Ishikawa on the run in the top of the ninth.

The contest was a defensive struggle where quick innings and 1-2-3 became the flow of the game. Simon Klink delivered the only two hits for the Defenders prior to the ninth with solid shots into the outfield, but he was left stranded on base both times. The Baysox did not fare any better with their offense. Luis Montanez and Jeff Nettles delivered two-out singles in the first, but they would not add another hit until the eighth as Defenders starter Dave McKae turned in his best outing since last June.

All of the action came in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Copeland started off with a single on a line drive to left. Travis Ishikawa then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Copeland to second. After Adam Witter, who has five home runs already this season was intentionally walked, the Baysox brought in Rommie Lewis, Jr. to face Klink. When Klink got hit by a pitch to load the bases, Olmo Rosario was called in off the bench to bat for Carlos Sosa. He nailed a ball deep into left field, bouncing it off the wall to plate the winning run and give the Defenders the first win of the series.

Monday's was the 14th game of the season decided by one run for the Defenders.

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