Another tough luck night for the Thunder. Trenton and New Hampshire kicked off a three-game series from Waterfront Park on Tuesday night as the Thunder tried to halt their mini two-game losing streak. However they were unsuccessful as New Hampshire used a pair of fifth inning runs to sneak by the Thunder 2-1. Spot starter Kanekoa Texeira (pictured) tossed his longest outing of the season as the Hawaii native went 4.1 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Tex was able to take a perfect game into the 5th before finally allowing a baserunner. Jose Molina continued his rehab assignment and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. During his three games with the Thunder, Molina did not tally a hit (0-for-7) however he did reach base safely three times, two via the walk and once with the HBP. Needless to say, his bat could still use some rehabbing, however he looked fine behind the plate. Here are some of the highlights (similar to last night, there weren’t many)…
BOTTOM 3rd – Jorge Vazquez gives Trenton a 1-0 lead with a ground-rule double over the left field wall. The RBI was Vazquez’s team leading 50th on the season as Reegie Corona scored on the play.
Vazquez RBI double
TOP 5th – Darin Mastroianni slapped an RBI single to right field which plated Nick Gorneault and tied the score at 1-1. Two batters later, Luis Sanchez drew a bases loaded walk that plated Brian Jeroloman to give the Fisher Cats a 2-1 lead. The base hit by Gorneault with one out in the inning broke up Thunder starter Kanekoa Texeira’s perfect game as Tex retired the first 13 batters he faced.
Darin Mastroianni RBI single
Luis Sanchez bases loaded walk
BOTTOM 9th – Edwar Gonzalez continues to be snake bitten. After lining into two double plays last night, he missed a game-tying home run by about six inches and then lined into another impossibly out as the pitcher Danny Farquhar kncoked down the hot shot up the middle and threw out Gonzalez for out number two. The next batter Austin Krum struck out to end the game.
….back with more tomorrow as these two teams hook up for the middle game of the three-game series.