Portland strikes back on a soggy Friday night from Waterfront Park with a 5-2 victory over Trenton in game two of the four-game series. Sea Dogs’ starter Junichi Tazawa (pictured) pitched well as the Japanese import improves to 3-0 over the Thunder this season. The right-hander went five innings and gave up just one run off five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Jon Still had the big game for Portland as the designated hitter went 2-for-5 with his 11th HR of the season and three RBI. SIDENOTE: Five more scoreless innings by the Thunder bullpen in relief of Ryan Pope who gave up five runs (three earned) and six hits in just four innings of work. That’s now 11.1 scoreless inning by the Thunder pen during the first two games of the series. Here are some of the highlights…
TOP 2nd – After a lead off single by Lars Anderson, Jon Still sent a mammoth shot over the left field wall for a two-run home run to put the Sea Dogs ahead 2-0. After a single by Jason Place, Josh Reddick sent a pop up in back of second base which just fell in front of centerfeider Austin Krum. Place was hustling the whole way and was able to score from first as Reddick reached second on a bloop RBI double to extend Portland’s lead to 3-0.
Jon Still 2-run HR
Josh Reddick RBI double
TOP 3rd – After a walk and a single, Jon Still hit an infield single to third which allowed John Otness to score from third and put Portland on top 4-0.
Jon Still RBI infield single
TOP 4th – Two more walks come around to hurt Ryan Pope. The first two batters of the inning reached base safely via the free pass. After an error on catcher Kyle Anson allowed the runners to advance to second and third, Ryan Kalish hit a sac fly to left to score Iggy Suarez and extend Portland’s lead to 5-0.
Ryan Kalish sac fly
BOTTOM 4th – A two-out rally gets the Thunder on the board. A double to straightaway center field by Noah Hall set the table for Chis Malec. The first baseman’s second hit of the night, a line drive to left field, allowed Hall to score to cut Portland’s lead to 5-1.
Malec RBI single
BOTTOM 6th – The Thunder inch a little closer and tally a run without a hit. After the first two men of the inning reached safely via an error and a walk, an Eduardo Nunez groundout advanced the runners to second and third with one out. Noah Hall then grounded out to short which plated Austin Krum from third to make the score 5-2 in favor of Portland.
Hall RBI groundout
…back with more tomorrow as the Thunder and Sea Dogs play game three of the four-game series.