Lake Monsters 2007 Opening Home Stand

BURLINGTON, VT - The Vermont Lake Monsters got off to a solid start in 2007 thanks to a combination of strong pitching and the longball.

When opening night started off with the first batter being walked by the Lake Monsters' starter, Hassan Pena, it looked like the same old story for Burlington's minor league team. As the game progressed, it became obvious that this was a different style of baseball then Vermont fans were used to. The Lake Monsters swept the opening series against Tri-City, although Vermont fans had to wait an extra night to see the 2007 team in action. Opening night on Tuesday June 19 was rained out and the game was played as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, June 20.

Vermont Lake Monsters' first baseman, Bill Rhinehart, hit a homerun in his second professional at-bat. The last Vermont player to hit a homerun in the season opener was Larry Broadway in 2002. This is only the second time in the history of the organization that Vermont won the first three games of the season. The Vermont Expos began the 2001 season 8-0 before losing the next 14 games. This is also the first time since 1999 that the Vermont team went error free for three straight games. The Vermont bullpen has proven strong as they have had a save in each of the three games of the opening series.

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