For the first time since June 21st, the Thunder have won a series after dropping thier previous four. The bats come alive for Trenton (10 hits) as they cruise to a 7-3 victory over New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon in the rubber match of the three-game series. Noah Hall (pictured) had his first four hit game of the season as the left fielder went 4-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored. The appearance was Noah’s second since being activated from the disabled list on July 7th with a strained oblique. Another encouraging stat in the game for Trenton was Ryan Pope’s line. The right-hander went six solid innings and gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Pope (3-6) also earned his first victory since May 13 vs. Portland. Trenton also went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position (the most hits they’ve had with RISP in any game during the homestand) Here are some of the highlights….
BOTTOM 1st – Reegie Corona works another walk (his team leading 41st of season) and Noah Hall drives him home with an RBI triple to center to make the score 1-0 Trenton. The center fielder Darin Mastroianni misjudged the ball which allowed Hall to advance to third and Corona to score all the way from first. The RBI was Hall’s 14th of the season.
Hall RBI triple
TOP 2nd – Funny how karma has its way of working out. After Mastroianni’s misplay in center allowed Trenton to take the lead in the bottom of the 1st, the center fielder made amends with an RBI double down the right field line which scored Brad Emaus and tied the game at 1-1. Two batters later, Al Quintana tallied an RBI as the backup catcher grounded into a fielder choice at third to plate Mastroinanni and give the Fisher Cats a 2-1 lead. The third baseman Chris Malec tried to come home on the play but catcher Kyle Anson couldn’t quite corral the throw as Mastroianni slid around the tag.
Darin Mastroianni RBI double
Al Quintana fielder’s choice RBI
BOTTOM 4th – Chris Malec with an RBI groundout to first as Noah Hall scores to tie the game at 2-2. The next batter Edwar Gonzalez tagged a sac fly to right as Jorge Vazquez touches home to put Trenton ahead 3-2.
Malec RBI groundout
Gonzalez sac fly
BOTTOM 6th – Finally a breakout inning for Trenton as the Thunder tally four runs and crack the game open. Noah Hall and Jorge Vazquez led things off with back-to-back singles. Two batters later, Chris Malec ripped an RBI double to right which palted Hall and put Trenton ahead 4-3. After an intentional walk to Kyle Anson loaded the bases, Justin Snyder worked a walk which plated Jorge Vazquez and gave Trenton a 5-3 lead. The next batter, Austin Krum, provided the big hit in the inning, a softly hit single through the hole between first and sesecond plated two runs and put the Thunder ahead 7-3.
Malec RBI double
Snyder bases loaded walk
Krum RBI single
….the team hits the road for a four-game series at Dodd Stadium in Connecticut tomorrow and I’ll back with more this weekend as we release ThunderCast #8, stay tuned!