— So, for the first few innings on Wednesday afternoon, Vidal Nuno had the kind of stuff that made you start to think you might be seeing something special unfold. But the second and third times through the order, and the Reading Phillies weren’t so kind to the crafty lefty.
After striking out seven batters without allowing a hit through three innings, Nuno struck out just one through the next three innings and allowed three runs on six hits in Trenton’s 7-2 loss. It was, without question, a very solid outing. But it wasn’t good enough for Nuno.
“Today was a good day, but I just made one mistake and it cost us the game,” said Nuno of the lengthy two-run home run he allowed to Leandro Castro in the sixth inning.
“I was throwing a lot of pitches, so I was trying to get some quick outs (the second and third time through the order) so I could go longer. I wanted to get six or seven innings in. You dwell on (the home run) a little bit. I’m not really down, but it cost us the game. We had chances.”
“The way we started off,” added Thunder skipper Tony Franklin. “It was like a ball of fire. Nuno was hot, man, he was smokin’. He was making his pitches. Unfortunately for us, (newly acquired Reading starter) Ethan Martin, he was doing the same thing out there. He pitched well…He didn’t give us much.”
Don’t feel too bad for the Thunder, however. They still remain 7 1/2 games ahead of the New Britain Rock Cats for the Eastern Division lead. If anything, this was a crucial win for the Phillies, who are just a half game back of the Rock Cats for the final playoff spot with 26 games for them left to play.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com