After having the best record in the New York-Penn League heading into the all-star break, the Tri-City ValleyCats have dropped their first two games out of the break, losing to Vermont on Thursday by a score of 4-2.

That loss comes on the heels of a 3-1 loss on Wednesday. The 'Cats are now 42-23 but still have a comfortable 8.0 game lead on Connecticut in the Stedler Division with just 11 games to play.

In the battle for the league's top record, Tri-City now trails Hudson Valley by one game.

Derek Fisher had both RBIs in last night's ValleyCats lost (Gregory J. Fisher/Tri-City ValleyCats).
Derek Fisher had both RBIs in last night's ValleyCats lost (Gregory J. Fisher/Tri-City ValleyCats).
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Vermont got on the board first last night, scoring in the top of the third, but the 'Gatos tied it in the bottom half on an RBI fielder's choice from Derek Fisher.

Fisher, the Astros' supplemental first-round pick this year (37th overall) homered in the in the sixth to cut a 4-1 deficit to 4-2, but the 'Cats could not muster anymore offense.

Randall Fant took the loss, going 3.1 innings. He allowed three earned runs, but utilized both a fastball and a changeup en route to seven strikeouts.

Tri-City will travel to Brooklyn this weekend for three games before returning home for the final homestand of the regular season next week.

Tri-City is going for its second straight NYPL championship this season.