AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 7/16 Portland @ Trenton

Jeremy Bleich

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

An interesting night from Waterfront Park as Trenton and Portland begin the unofficial second half of the season.  The game started on time, then after the first three batters reached safely against Trenton starter Jeremy Bleich (pictured), the skies opened up and a massive Thunderstorm swept through the area dumping not only rain and wind but also hail!  Everyone was alright and the game was able to resume after a brief rain delay.  Once things picked back up, it didn’t look good for Trenton early as Bleich got lit up for six runs off only three hits in 2.2 inning pitched.  The alarming stat for Bleich was his five walks as he could not find the strike zone.  After falling behind 6-0, the Thunder offense erupted for nine unanswered runs as they tallied 12 hits in a 9-6 victory over Portland in game one of the four game series.  Reegie Corona had the big night with a pair of two-run doubles.  The switch-hitting second baseman went 2-for-5 with four RBI in the victory for Trenton.  He also plated the go-ahead run in the 6th inning as he was able to score from second base after an infield single by Eduardo Nunez (one of the most exciting plays I’ve ever called in my brief broadcasting career).  The bullpen again was strong for Trenton as Wilkins Arias, Kevin Whelan, Grant Duff and Jose Valdez pitched 6.2 inning of scoreless relief and tallied 10 strikeouts to close out the Sea Dogs.  In the last 12 games, the Thunder bullpen has now allowed only three total runs in its last 53.2 innings of work.  WOW!

TOP 1st – After a 30 minute rain delay suspended play, Jeremy Bleich picked things backed up with the bases loaded and nobody out.  The first batter after the rain delay, Jon Still, slapped a 1-2 curveball back up the middle for a base hit.  Josh Reddick scored from third to make the score 1-0 Portland.  The next two batters, Lars Anderson and John Otness each grounded into RBI fielder’s choices to plate two more runs and give the Sea Dogs a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
Jon Still RBI single
Lars Anderson FC RBI
John Otness FC RBI

TOP 3rd – Two more walks come around to hurt Jeremy Bleich.  After the left-hander walked two of the first three batters in the inning, John Otness sent a missile over the left field wall for a three-run home run to put Portland ahead 6-0.
John Otness 3-run HR

BOTTOM 3rd – Trenton showing a little life at the dish.  After the first two men of the inning reached, Reegie Corona tatooed a changeup into the left field corner for a two-run double which cut Portland’s lead to 6-2.  After a productive out by Eduardo Nunez to move Corona over to third, Jorge Vazquez struck out which gave way to Jesus Montero with two outs in the inning.  The top hitting prospect in the Yanks farm system delivered as he sent a screaming line drive up the middle which drove in Corona and made the score 6-3.
Corona RBI double
Montero RBI single

BOTTOM 6th – What an inning!  Six runs for Trenton as they send 10 men to the plate and take a 9-6 lead.  The inning started when Chris Malec ripped a single to right field.  After a double by Edwar Gonzalez, Marcos Vechionacci recorded his 29th RBI of the season with a base hit which plated Malec and made the score 6-4.  Two batters later, Reegie Corona drilled a two-run double down the left-field line which allowed Gonzalez and Vechionacci to score and tie the game at 6-6.  The next batter, Eduardo Nunez, dribbled an infield single to second base, however, first baseman Lars Anderson fell asleep as Reegie Corona took a hard turn around third and scored on the infield hit to give Trenton a 7-6 lead.  Jorge Vazquez stepped to the plate next and ripped a ball over the head of the centerfielder Josh Reddick.  Vazquez chugged all the way to third for his first triple of the season, Nunez would score from first as Trenton extended it’s lead to 8-6.  For Jorge, it was his team leading 56th RBI of the season.  The next batter, Jesus Montero, ripped another RBI single to left to plate Vazquez from third and put Trenton ahead 9-6.  Chris Malec finally grounded out to end the inning, his second at -bat of the frame.  When it was all said and done, 6 runs, 7 hits and one big inning for Trenton.
Vechionacci RBI single
Corona RBI double
Nunez infield RBI single
Vazquez RBI triple
Montero RBI single

….back with more tomorrow as Trenton and Portland continue their four-game series from Waterfront Park.

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