America turns 333 today (wow I wish I could live that long). The country celebrated in style with a great night of baseball from Waterfront Park. A packed house (7,130) was on hand to witness postgame fireworks and an all around great baseball game as Justin Snyder hit a walk-off RBI double to give Trenton a 7-6 win in 14 innings. Not a bad night for Thunder starter Ryan Pope who gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings of work. Here are some of the highlights…
BOTTOM 1st – After the first two men of the inning reached, Eduardo Nunez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, however Austin Krum scored from third on the play as Trenton jumped ahead 1-0.
Nunez doubleplay + Krum scores from third
TOP 3rd – A pair of singles to lead off the inning would both come around to score as Juan Portes ripped an RBI double to plate Toby Gardenhire to tie the game at 1-1. The next batter Brian Dinkleman hit a sac fly to center whic plated Allan De San Miguel and gave the Rock Cats a 2-1 lead.
Juan Portes RBI double
Brian Dinkleman sac fly
TOP 5TH – A throwing error by Jorge Vazquez with the bases loaded allowed two runs to score and extended New Britain’s lead to 4-1.
BOTTOM 6th – After the first two men of the inning were retired, three straight Thunder players reached capped off by Jorge Vazquez’s RBI double down the left field line which plated two runs and pulled Trenton to within 4-3. Not only does Jorge atone for his throwing error in the 5th inning but he knocks in his team leading 48th and 49th RBIs of the season. What a year for Mexican Masher so far.
Vazquez RBI double
BOTTOM 7th – Richie Robnett slaps an RBI double into the gap in left-centerfield that allows Edwar Gonzalez to score all the way from first base to tie the game at 4-4. There was a little controversy on the play as the ball appeared to bounce over the wall and ricchochet back into the field of play off the billboards. If that was the case, it would have meant a ground rule double which would have forced Gonzalez to stop at third. However after a meeting by the umpires, crew chief Cory Hinga and company decided to let the play stand as called. For Robnett it was his second RBI of the season.
Robnett RBI double
TOP 10th – After the first three men of the inning reached base safely, Yancarlos Ortiz gave New Britain a 5-4 lead with a sac fly to right field. Then, the next batter, Toby Gardenhire (son of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire) laid down a perfect suicide squeeze as Whit Robbins scored from third base to give the Rock Cats a 6-4 lead. Daddy would be proud.
Yancarlos Ortiz sac fly
Toby Gardenhire suicide squeeze
BOTTOM 10th – WOW! With two outs and nobody on, Corona reaches on an infield single followed up by an Eduardo Nunez two-run game-tying home run over the left field wall which made the score 6-6. The bomb was Nunez’s 6th of the season as Trenton keeps the game alive.
Nunez game-tying HR
BOTTOM 14th – FINALLY!! Justin Snyder sends a missile into the gap in right center as Richie Robnett scores all the way from first base to give Trenton a 7-6 walk off victory. The game winner was the second walk off hit for Snyder this season as the 4 hour and 39 minute affair fell just three minutes short of Trenton’s longest game of the season (Just in case you were wondering or cared, that game was back on April 9th at home vs. Binghamton, which ironically enough ended in a 14-inning victory for Trenton).
Snyder GW RBI double
….back with more tomorrow as Trenton and New Britain play the middle game of the three-game series from Waterfront Park.