AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 7/18 Portland @ Trenton

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

A back-and-forth affair from Waterfront Park on a beautiful Saturday night as the Thunder erase a 4-0 deficit and defeat Portland 6-5 in game three of the four-game series.  Jesus Montero (pictured) had the big night with a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning.  The cathcer went 1-for-2 with two walks, a HR and four RBI.  Starting pitcher Kanekoa Texiera earned a no decision as he allowed four runs (one earned) off four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Grant Duff (2-0) eanred the win as the reliever went two innings and allowed one hit and one run (zero earned) with two walks and two strikeouts.  Jose Valdez pitched a perfect ninth to earn his team leading 7th save of the season.  All-in-all, it was a big win for the Thunder as they come from behind again to sting the Sea Dogs.  Here are some of the highlights…

TOP 3rd – A throwing error on Tex comes back to hurt him.  With a runner on first and one out, Argenis Diaz dribbled a taylor made double-play ball back to the mound which could have ended the inning.  However, Texeira fired wide of Nunez at short and everyone was safe.  The next batter, Ryan Kalish, blooped a single to right which plated Josh Reddick and put Portland on top 1-0.  Jorge Jimenez followed that up with an opposite field RBI double down the right field line which scored Diaz and put Portland ahead 2-0.   After a strikeout to Lars Anderson, Jon Still stepped to the dish with two on and two out.  After Tex fell behind in the count 3-1, he grooved a pitch which floated up in the zone and Still crushed it over the head of Richie Robnett in left field to score two runs and extend Portland’s lead to 4-0.
Ryan Kalish RBI single
Jorge Jimenez RBI double
Jon Still RBI double

BOTTOM 7th – Another huge breakout inning for the Thunder offense.  After three walks in the inning loaded the bases, Jesus Montero stepped to the dish with two outs.  The right-handed slugger came up clutch as he drilled a 3-2 fastball over the wall in left field for his first career Double-A grand slam which tied the score at 4-4.  The next, batter Chris Malec, reached on an error by the second baseman Ryan Khoury.  That was followed up by another error by the shortstop Argenis Diaz which allowed Malec to score and gave the Thunder their first lead of the night at 5-4.
Montero grand slam
Gonzalez reaches on error, Malec scores

TOP 8th – After a lead off double by Jon Still, Ryan Khoury grounded out to second to advance Still to third.  A few pitches later, a fastball scooted away from Jesus Montero as the past ball allowed Still to score from third which tied the game at 5-5.
Montero passed ball, Reid Engel scores

BOTTOM 8th – Back-and-forth we go.  A one out single by Austin Krum would eventually lead to a bases loaded situation with one out for Noah Hall.  The veteran outfielder did his job as he sent a sac fly to centerfield which allowed Krum to score from third and gave Trenton a 6-5 lead.
Noah Hall sac fly

…back with more tomorrow as Trenton looks to earn a series victory against Portalnd in an afternoon affair from Waterfront Park.

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