Top 1st — Manny Banuelos struck out Chase D’Arnaud to start off the game…but Josh Harrison reached when third baseman Justin Snyder made a very poor throw to first base after charging a grounder. But Banuelos got Mercer to strike out, and Snyder redeemed himself on a 5-3 to Matt Hague to end the inning. 0-0.
Bottom 1st — Trenton again got two men on with two out, and again did nothing
with it. Marcos Vechionacci K’s on three pitches to end the threat. 0-0
Top 2nd — Banuelos ran into trouble with two outs, putting two men on…but he got out of it, inducing a 4-3 groundout to Anthony Norman to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd — 1-2-3 inning for Curve starter Tony Watson…0-0.
Top 3rd — And Banuelos matches with a 1-2-3 inning of his own, including a Jordy Mercer K. 0-0
Bottom 3rd — Matt Cusick led off the inning with a triple, and Trenton finally puts a run on the board when Dan Brewer’s two-out single to right scores him…Thunder, 1-0, going into T4.
Top 4th — Very scary moment in the fourth here…with runners on second and third, Jim Negrych laced a ball through the middle that caught Manny Banuelos flush — he did not deflect it, and it struck him underneath his right, non-pitching shoulder. Banuelos stayed in the game, but two runs scored on the play. 2-1, Altoona, going into B4.
Bottom 4th — Watson strikes out the side in order. 2-1, Curve.
Top 5th — Well, this one’s about over. Matt Hague’s little flare of an RBI single dropped in right field and scored another Curve run to put them up, 3-1. Then, with Hector Gimenez up…they intentionally walk him (he struck out twice) to get to Negrych (who went 2-for-2 and nearly killed Banuelos). Negrych promptly doubled to left. Banuelos got knocked out of the game for good that time, and Wilkins Arias came in to finish the frame. With the way Trenton’s offense has done next to nothing this whole postseason, and it’s hard to think they have it in them to come back. 4-1, Curve.
Bottom 5th — Austin Krum singles to left field with two outs…Justin Snyder walks…but Brewer flies out to right field. End of the threat. Again. 4-1, Curve.
Top 6th — Cory Arbiso in…Altoona goes down without scoring. 4-1, Altoona.
Bottom 6th — Watson shuts them down again…1-2-3 inning. He has 10 K’s tonight. 4-1, Curve.
Top 7th — Arbiso retires the Curve in order in the 7th…
Bottom 7th — Damon Sublett hits home run to right center to make this a 4-2 game…
Top 8th — Altoona has made it a 5-2 game…a single by Chase D’Arnaud and a double by Josh Harrison do the damage. Josh Schmidt relieved Arbiso with two outs in the frame.
Bottom 8th — Trenton goes down 1-2-3 in the eighth with their 3-4-5 hitters up…
Top 9th — I’ve got to head down to the field…if anything miraculous happens, check Twitter.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com