Austin Krum, Eduardo Nunez and Marcos Vechionacci each collected two hits a piece in Trenton’s 4-3 win over the Harrisburg Senators.
Vechionacci’s ninth inning solo home run off of former top prospect Adrian Alaniz proved to be the difference, as Harrisburg would put up a run of their own in the final frame off of Jose Valdez, who recovered for his 10th save of the season.
Ryan Pope managed to put together two good starts in a row for the first time in what seems like a while, spinning five scoreless innings of three-hit ball. Grant Duff struggled in relief of Pope, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in one and a third innings of work before Humberto Sanchez came in and righted the ship.
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(PR) Trenton Third baseman Marcos Vechionacci hit a home run in the ninth inning, and the Thunder slipped past Harrisburg 4-3 on Friday night from Metro Bank Park. Trenton won its third consecutive game, and its first at Metro Bank Park on the season. With the win, Trenton moved back to the .500 mark (59-59).
Trenton tallied the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Austin Krum walked to start the game against Harrisburg Starting Pitcher Luis Atilano. Second baseman Matt Cusick followed with a sacrifice bunt in front of home plate. Catcher Luke Montz picked up the bunt and made an errant throw down the first base line. The error allowed Krum to score all the way from first base. Trenton increased the lead to 3-0 with two runs in the seventh inning. With two outs, Right fielder Edwar Gonzalez singled off of Atilano. Third baseman Marcos Vechionacci also singled to move Gonzalez to third base. Designated Hitter Justin Snyder drove Gonzalez home with an RBI single to make it 2-0. Krum followed with an RBI single off of Harrisburg Reliever Cory VanAllen, Trenton’s fourth consecutive hit, to score Vechionacci and extend the lead to 3-0.
Harrisburg (55-62) narrowed the margin to 3-2 with two runs in the seventh inning. Center fielder Francisco Plasencia produced an RBI single with two outs to plate Harrisburg’s first run of the night. Later in the inning, Second baseman Leonard Davis connected on an RBI single off of Thunder Reliever Grant Duff. But, Trenton tallied an insurance run in the ninth inning. Vechionacci hit a one-out solo home run off of Harrisburg Reliever Adrian Alaniz to give the Thunder a 4-2 lead. Harrisburg tallied run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Thunder Reliever Jose Valdez. But, Valdez stranded the tying run at third base, and winning run at second base, as he struck out Third baseman Joel Guzman to end the game. Valdez picked up his 10th save of the season.
Trenton Starting Pitcher Ryan Pope earned the win. He tossed five shutout innings and allowed only three hits. He struck out five and walked three. He has hurled 13 straight shutout innings in his last two starts (both against Harrisburg). Atilano allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) over 6 2/3 innings to take the loss. Nunez, Krum, and Vechionacci each had two hits in the win for the Thunder.
Trenton continues its three-game series against Harrisburg on Saturday night. RHP Paul Bush (1-1, 2.19) will start for Trenton against Harrisburg LHP Matt Chico (2-3, 4.26). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.