Archive for August 15th, 2009

Rare Rough Outing From Schmidt Costs Thunder

August 15, 2009

(PR) Harrisburg scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to top Trenton 2-1 on Saturday night from Metro Bank Park. With New Britain’s win over Akron, Trenton dropped a game behind New Britain for second place in the Northern Division. The loss snapped Trenton’s three-game winning streak. Trenton is 1-4 against Harrisburg in extra-inning games this season.

Harrisburg (56-62) scored a run in the bottom of the tenth inning to plate the winning run. Left fielder Francisco Plasencia singled to start the 10th inning against Thunder Reliever Josh Schmidt. Harrisburg Shortstop Freddie Bynum dropped a sacrifice bunt to try and advance Plasencia into scoring position. Thunder Third baseman Justin Snyder fielded the bunt, and threw wildly down the first base line for an error. The error advanced Plasencia to third base and Bynum to second base. After an intentional walk to Center fielder Mike Daniel, Third baseman Joel Guzman was hit by a pitch to bring home the winning run. It was the second time this season the Senators had walked off with a win against Schmidt at Metro Bank Park.

Trenton (59-60) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the ninth inning. Third baseman Justin Snyder reached on an error to start the inning by Harrisburg Reliever Atahualpa Severino (2-0). Center fielder Austin Krum dropped a sacrifice bunt to advance Snyder to second base. Second baseman Matt Cusick followed with a double to bring home Snyder and give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. But, the Senators would tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning off of Schmidt. Harrisburg Left fielder Leonard Davis led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single. With two outs, he advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Down to their final out, Designated Hitter Marvin Lowrance singled to plate Davis and tie the game at 1-1.

Trenton Starting Pitcher Paul Bush tossed four shutout innings in his first start since being activated from the Disabled List. Bush struck out five and walked one. He allowed only two hits. Following Bush, Trenton Reliever Kanekoa Texeira tossed three shutout innings of relief. Bush has now tossed nine combined shutout innings in his last two starts (both against the Senators). Harrisburg Starting Pitcher Matt Chico hurled five no-hit innings. He struck out five and walked one. Trenton did not pick up its first hit until Shortstop Eduardo Nunez singled with two outs in the seventh inning against Harrisburg Reliever Justin Jones. Trenton Outfielder Edwar Gonzalez had two hits in the loss.

Trenton wraps up its three-game series against Harrisburg on Sunday afternoon. RHP Lance Pendleton (0-1, 6.32) will start for Trenton against Harrisburg RHP Brad Meyers (1-0, 2.65). Game time is set for 2:00 p.m