Archive for April 28th, 2013

Thunder Lose Sunday Slugfest

April 28, 2013

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – Trenton led 3-0 after the first inning, but the Portland Sea Dogs outscored them 9-2 the rest of the game to win 9-5 Sunday afternoon in front of 4,243 at ARM & HAMMER Park and took the three-game series victory.

The Thunder got to starting pitcher Drake Britton early, but he settled-in and retired the last 11 batters he faced. Britton tossed 6.0 innings with six hits, two walks, four runs and seven strikeouts.

Trenton had an opportunity to tie the game in the 7th trailing 6-5. One run was already home in the inning and runners were at 1st and 2nd base with no outs following Jose Pirela’s RBI single. Tyler Austin grounded into a double play with the potential tying run at 2nd base and then Kyle Roller flew out to center field to end the threat with Pirela on second base.

Francisco Rondon picks up his first loss of the season and is now 2-1 on the season. He allowed six runs over 5.0 innings despite being tethered to an early lead.

The Sea Dogs leave town and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats enter for four games against the Thunder starting Monday at 7:05 p.m. Monday’s game features LHP Matt Tracy (1-2, 13.17) for the Thunder against RHP Ryan Tepera (3-0, 2.42) for the Sea Dogs. Limited tickets are available through the Thunder box office at (609) 394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com/tickets. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:45 p.m

Game 22: Post-Game Notes

April 28, 2013

Let us never speak of that game again. Trenton struck out 13 times, managed three hits, and didn’t have anyone reach base against Sea Dogs starter Anthony Ranaudo until the fifth inning en route to a lifeless 6-0 loss on Saturday night.

Zach Nuding struggled for the Thunder at times, but could have wiggled out of it not for his doing; he threw the ball away on two separate occasions, both of them leading to runs.

“We didn’t do ourselves any favors tonight, that’s for sure,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin. “And the kid that pitched for them tonight, we couldn’t afford to do that with the way he was throwing. We hurt ourselves pretty bad tonight.”

Ranaudo hurt the Thunder more than they hurt themselves, however. Nuding, who said that while it bothered him that he didn’t help himself tonight, it was somewhat of a relief that he knows that the problem is his own and fixable, also was well aware of what was taking place on the other mound.

“It doesn’t so much put pressure on you, but there is definitely a momentum that a team will have,” Nuding said. “Ranaudo pitched awesome, I think. I thought he did a great job, and naturally that’s going to give a team momentum when they see that their pitcher is out there dealing the way he is. Guys at the plate are going to be a little bit more relaxed in a sense, because they see what their pitcher is out there doing for them.”

And Ranaudo did a lot. He struck out a career-high nine batters through six scoreless frames, and seems to have rededicated himself after a rough 2012 season.

“Last year kind of opened some eyes for me,” he said. “Obviously, I had some injuries and stuff, but I didn’t have success when I was on the field. So I kind of learned a lot about pitching and about myself. So I made some adjustments in my pitching and also physical adjustments; I gained some weight and I learned a lot about my body through those injuries. I’ve had a pretty good routine this year, I just need to keep it going, stay healthy and stay on the field and keep these results going the best I can.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com