Doing things a little differently this week…well not really same team, same game, same blog, just different location. I’m on the road with the team for the first time of my young broadcasting career as the Thunder and Reading Phillies begin a three-game series from First Energy Stadium (not to be confused with First Energy Park in Lakewood) in Reading, PA.
All Trenton in game one as the offense pounded out 13 hits in a 10-0 victory. Despite the offensive explosion, Wilkin De La Rosa (pictured) was the story as the left-hander carried a perfect game into the 6th and a no-hitter into the 7th before finally surrendering an infield single to Brad Harman. De La Rosa (4-5) earned the win and pitched seven shutout innings while giving up just the one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts. Here are some of the highlights…
TOP 3rd – A couple of clutch hits with RISP for Trenton. Chris Malec was the first to act as he sent a hot shot single up the middle to plate Austin Krum and put the Thunder on top 1-0. Next it was P.J. Pillittere’s turn as the former Thunder backstop turned back the clock and drilled an RBI single to right to plate Reegie Corona and give Trenton a 2-0 edge.
Malec RBI single
Pillittere RBI single
TOP 4th – Another big two-out RISP hit for the Thunder. Austin Krum comes up big this time as he laces a double into the gap in left center to plate Edwar Gonzalez and give the Thunder a 3-0.
Krum RBI single
TOP 7th – The Thunder exploded for a season high seven runs as the first eight men of the inning reach base safely. It all started with Eduardo Nunez who singled, then Malec who doubled. P.J. PIllittere then slapped a single to plate Nunez and put the Thunder ahead 4-0. Robnett then hit an RBi single to make it 4-0. An infield single by Edwar Gonzalez then loaded the bases before things got out of control. An error and a wild pitch allowed two more runs to score to make it 7-0 before Marcos Vechionacci had a big blow, a two-run double down the right field line to score two more runs and give Trenton a 9-0 lead. Vechionacci would later score on a passed ball to make it 10-0. When it was all said and done, Trenton brought 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs off six hits with two errors mixed in. Wow!
Pillittere RBI single
Robnett RBI single
run scores on wild pitch
Vechionacci RBI single
…back with more tomorrow as Pedro Martinez (yes you read that correctly) gets the start for Reading in game two of the series.