It was another offensive snoozefest on Wednesday night but things picked up late in the game as the Thunder win in walk off fashion again with a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. However, the Fisher Cats’ offensive woes can be credited to the Thunder pitching staff as starter Wilkin De La Rosa (pictured) retired the first eight batters he faced before walking Luis Sanchez with two outs in the third inning. De La Rosa went four solid innings as the left-hander did not surrender a hit, struck out four and walked three. The pitch count (63) was a little on the conservative side as Wilkin was only making his second start back from the disabled list with arm soreness. The bullepn was also brilliant for Trenton as Eric Wordekemper, Mike Dunn, Jose Valdez and newcomer Grant Duff from Single-A Tampa held the Fisher Cats to only two hits and one run in 7 innings of relief work. Duff (1-0) picked up his first victory of the season in his Double-A debut. Overall, the Thunder pitching staff struck out 15 New Hampshire batters which is the second most K’s recorded in a game for Trenton pitchers this season (4/9 vs. Binghamton – 18 strikeouts). Here are some of the highlights…
BOTTOM 4th – An excuse me swing from Jorge Vazquez as the big slugger pokes an RBI double down the right-field line which plated Austin Krum and gave the Thunder a 1-0 lead. The RBI is the 51st of the season for Trenton, the most on the team by far and away.
Vazquez RBI double
TOP 6th – A one out walk comes around to hurt reliever Eric Wordekemper. Darin Mastroianni worked a walk then stole second and third. The next batter, Brian Dopirak, grounded out weakly to short which allowed Mastroianni to score from third and tied the game at 1-1. For Dopirak, the RBI was his 68th of the season as he extends his Eastern League lead.
Brian Dopirak RBI groundout
BOTTOM 11th – What an ending! After Austin Krum led off the inning with a seinized single up the middle, the next two batters were retired setting the stage for Eduardo Nunez. The shortstop blooped a single down the left field line and after a bobble by left fielder Todd Donovan, Krum was able to score all the way from first to put the Thunder in the win column with a 2-1 victory. It was a breakout game for Krum, who finished 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored (the only two runs of the game for Trenton).
Nunez walk off single and error on LF Donovan
….back with more tomorrow as Trenton and New Hampshrie play the rubber match of their three-game series.