Running Trenton Diary From Eastern League All-Star Game
Altoona, PA- The Trenton Thunder coaching staff, headlined by Manager Tony Franklin, will be running the show for the Eastern Division in tonight’s Eastern League All-Star Game in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Five Thunder players were selected to take part in the prestigious showcase; catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Peter O’Brien, outfielder Ben Gamel and pitchers Matt Tracy and Tyler Webb. Double G Sports will be keeping a live running update in this post of notable happenings from the contest.
1. Sean Coyle-2B
6:47 P.M.- Both teams have taken the field for stretching and warm-ups before the action begins. The Trenton players and the rest of the East will dawn their road uniforms (Trenton in gray), while the West is wearing their home white uniforms.
7:09 P.M.- The entire East roster was just introduced on-field and are lined up along the third base line. The West division is being introduced currently. Just of note, this is the last time that pitchers Matt Tracy and Tyler Webb will dawn Thunder uniforms before being promoted to Triple- Scranton tomorrow.
7:17 P.M.- The National Anthem has concluded and the West has taken the field. We are moments away from first-pitch.
7:21 P.M.- Ben Gamel strikes out in his first AB swinging. The East go down in order in top of first. Peter O’Brien will lead off the second.
7:29 P.M.- Michael Taylor of Harrisburg drew a leadoff walk, but Portland catcher Blake Swihart caught him napping and picked him off on a 2-3. Milner retired the next two batters to end the first.
7:45 P.M.- Peter O’Brien lined out sharply to deep CF in his first AB. After two innings in Altoona, we remain scoreless. Shawn Armstrong of Akron is on to pitch the third for the West.
7:51 P.M.- The East drew first blood on a solo HR off the bat of Derrik Gibson of Portland.
7:56 P.M.- Ben Gamel grounded out to second base in his second at-bat to move Sean Coyle over to third. Blake Swihart struck-out to end the inning. The East leads 1-0 and Peter O’Brien will lead off the 4th.
8:07 P.M.- A two-out infield single by Michael Taylor of Harrisburg drove home Alen Hanson for the West to tie the game at 1.
8:10 P.M.- Peter O’Brien flew out softly to center in his second at-bat. The East went down in order in the 4th inning. Robby Scott of Portland will pitch the 4th.
9:00 P.M.- After striking out in his first two at-bats, Steven Moya blasted a two-out grand slam off of the roller coaster in RF to giv the west a 5-1 lead. Gary Sanchez pinch-hit for Blake Swihart in the sixth and struck-out swinging. Peter O’Brien popped out to SS in his third AB.
9:02 P.M.- Tyler Webb of Trenton is on to pitch for the East with 2 outs in the 6th.
9:06 P.M.- Webb made quick work of Hanson with a strikeout to end the 6th.
9:44 P.M.- The Eat cut the West lead down to 5-2 in the 8th on an RBI groundout by Jon Berti. Gary Sanchez struck out for his second consecutive AB to end the inning.
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