Another dramatic victory for the Thunder as they win the series three games to one and walk off with a 2-1 victory over Portland on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon from Waterfront Park. Thunder starter Wilkin De La Rosa (pictured) wasn’t awful but was spotty with his control as the left-hander gave up one earned run on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched. On the flip side, Sea Dogs’ starter Ryne Lawson was brilliant as the right-hander only gave up one hit in six shutout innings of work. The Thunder bullpen was brilliant again as Josh Schmidt, Kevin Whelan and Grant Duff combined for 4.1 scoreless and hitless innings. Duff (3-0) pitched a perfect top half of the 9th to earn the victory.
SIDENOTE – In the four-game series against Portland, the Thunder bullpen has tossed 20.2 innings and has allowed one unearend run, seven hits and seven walks with 28 strikeouts!
Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s victory…
TOP 2nd – A pair of walks and a pair of wild pitches come around to bite Wilkin De La Rosa. After Ryan Kalish and Jason Place worked back-to-back one-out walks, De La Rosa bounced a fastball which squirted past Montero and allowed both runners to advance. Another wild pitch later in the inning allowed Kalish to score from third to give Portland a 1-0 lead. The Sea Dogs have now scored first in all four games of the series.
Ryan Kalish scores on wild pitch
BOTTOM 7th – The Thunder are able to tie the game in the 7th in back-to-back days as Chris Malec lifts a sacrifice fly to center which plated Eduardo Nunez and evened the score at 1-1.
Malec sac fly
BOTTOM 9th – After a Reegie Corona lead off walk, Eduardo Nunez laid down a sac bunt back to the mound that was misplayed by pitcher Tommy Hottovy. The reliever tried to get Corona via the force at second but his throw pulled shorstop Iggy Suarez off the bag and everyone was safe. The next batter, Noah Hall laid down another sac bunt which advanced the winning run to third. Montero then popped out and Malec walked to load the bases and set the scene for Edwar Gonzalez. Gonzo worked the count to 2-2 before he lifted a bloop single to center just infront of the outstretched glove of Josh Reddick to plate Corona and give the Thunder a 2-1 walk off win.
Gonzalez walk off RBI single
…back with more in the coming days as the next episode of the ThunderCast will be unveileved next week.