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Setting the Pre-Game Scene: Thunder vs. Portland 4/9

by Matt Kardos | Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The Thunder pushed their winning streak to three games with their dominating 10-1 victory over the Sea Dogs last night at Arm & Hammer Park. The early season offensive woes for Trenton have seemed to cease during their recent winning surge. Over their last three games, the Thunder have plated 27 runs and slugged 33 hits after scoring just three total runs in their first two games of the season.

Three Thunder hitters had three hits last night, three others had two hits in their 17-hit barrage. The night was highlighted by the first hit of the season for Rob Refsnyder; a monstrous two-run homer over the left field wall. Catcher Gary Sanchez added three hits and his three RBI’s pulled him into the Eastern League lead with eight.

At 3-2, Trenton will summon their ace Bryan Mitchell to the mound tonight to take on the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Henry Owens for Portland before hitting the road for Erie. After matching up with Blue Jays top-prospect and the 23rd ranked prospect in all of baseball by, Mitchell will once again be matched-up with one of the elite prospects in the game in Owens, who pitched a rain-shortened six-inning no-hitter on opening night in Reading.

Owens is making his second career start at Arm & Hammer Park. The flame-throwing lefty suffered a tough luck loss in Trenton last season, after going 8.2 innings and striking out 11.

Thunder lineup:

1-Mason Williams-CF

2-Ben Gamel-LF

3-Rob Segedin-3B

4-Gary Sanchez-C

5-Tyler Austin-RF

6-Rob Refsnyder-2B

7-Zach Wilson-1B

8-Yeral Sanchez-DH

9-Ali Castillo-SS

SP-Bryan Mitchell


Portland lineup:

1-Mookie Betts-DH

2-Deven Marrero-SS

3-Travis Shaw-3B

4-Stefan Welch-1B

5-Henry Ramos-RF

6-Blake Swihart-C

7-Sean Coyle-2B

8-Bo Greenwell-LF

9-Shannon Wilkerson-CF

SP-Henry Owens


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