Top 1st: Manny Banuelos is at 92-93 MPH pretty consistently with his fastball…
35 pitches-19 strikes for Banuelos through one. He got into quite a jam, loading the bases with two walks and a single, but got out of it with two strikeouts.
Bottom 2nd: Banuelos at 54/30 through two…but he gave up two runs and hasn’t been sharp at all. A Melky Mesa homer has Trenton down 2-1.
Top 3rd: 71 pitches/42 strikes for Banuelos through three. He gave up another run on a sac fly by Oscar Tejeda that traveled to the fence in left. 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K for Banuelos if that’s it for him. Thunder down 3-1.
Top 4th…Banuelos out after 3.2 IP and 96 pitches (!!!), 53 of them for strikes. Pat Venditte in. Banuelos: 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.
Top 6th…Still 3-1, Thunder trailing…
Top 7th…Tim Norton comes in and gives up two runs…5-1, Portland
Bottom 7th…Trenton gets two runs back in odd fashion…Melky Mesa scores after a Tim Federowicz throw to second to try to catch Ray Kruml stealing got away…then Kruml scored on a wild pitch. 5-3.
Top 8th…Ryan Lavarnway hit an absolute missile to left field off Norton for another two runs…7-3, Portland.
Bottom 8th…Brad Suttle RBI triple…Melky Mesa RBI single…Trenton has cut it to 7-5.
Top 9th…Wilkins Arias in for the final frame.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com