Game 4 Live Blog
LF - Andy Dirks
2B - Justin Henry
CF - Wilkin Ramirez
DH -Michael Bertram
1B - Cesar Nicolas
RF - Deik Scram
3B - Santo De Leon
C - Maxim St. Pierre
SS - Shawn Roof
CF - Austin Krum
2B - David Adams
3B - Brandon Laird
LF - Reid Gorecki
RF - Daniel Brewer
1B - Kevin Smith
C - Jose Gil
2B - Justin Snyder
SS - Luis Nunez
Questions I wanted answered in today's pregame:
1. Has there been a course of action determined for Christian Garcia?
Answer: No. Doctors and training staff still need to be consulted. Franklin does not know the severity of the tear.
2. Has there been a starter decided for Tuesday against Akron?
Answer: No. It is listed as TBD on the chart in the clubhouse, and Lance Pendleton, Wilkin De La Rosa and Josh Schmidt are still "in the mix" for the job.
3. If either Lance Pendleton or Wilkin De La Rosa is forced back into a starter's role, how long will they need to get stretched out?
Answer: Tony thinks both could give him "significant innings" if called upon. De La Rosa doesn't think he will be asked to fill that role, but it would take him a few outings of 3-4 innings to be ready to be a long-term starter again.
4. Has Tony spoken to his team about the traps of a day game after a night game, especially given last year's 13-21 record in such contests?
Answer: Sadly, this didn't come up.
First inning: David Phelps fanned all three men he faced, all looking. Each pitch was on the right-hand corner of the plate. It was the inside corner to the lefties, outside corner to the last man, Wilkin Ramirez, a righty.
Thunder got on the board in the bottom of the inning on a Reid Gorecki sac fly to left field. Austin Krum, who walked on four pitches to lead off the frame, scored from third. 1-0 Thunder
Second Inning: Phelps fanned the first guy he faced, retired the second on a grounder to third, and allowed a hard single up the middle to Deik Scram before Jose Gil caught Cesar Nicolas stealing.
Dan Brewer singled to open the inning, but was erased when a hit-and run play turned into a 7-3 double play. Jose Gil's grounder to short ended the inning.
Third inning: Phelps allows a leadoff hit to Santo De Leon, then balks him to second. Max St. Pierre fans, then Shawn Roof lines into a nicely turned 3-6 double play.
Thunder go quietly. Justin Snyder lines to second, Luis Nunez fans on a nasty hook and Austin Krum called out for touching a ball in fair territory. He hit the ball about five feet and must have accidentally kicked it while running to first.
Fourth inning: Phelps hangs a breaking ball to Andy Dirks, who smacks it just over center for a double. Justin Henry's grounder moved him to third, and a groundout to short from Wilkin Ramirez brought him in. Michael Bertram lined back to Phelps to end inning. Score 1-1.
David Adams opens with a single, and is moved to second when Laird reaches on an error. A wild pitch moves both men up before Gorecki's RBI grounder brings home Adams. Next two ground out. Thunder 2, Erie 1.
Fifth inning: Phelps retires 'em 1-2-3 on spectacular plays by Nunez, Austin Krum and a strikeout.
Justin Snyder gets a one-out single and steals second, but is stranded there.
Sixth inning: Phelps gets the first two before exiting for Wilkins Arias. Phelps' line: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 7Ks. Arias get the only man he faced to ground to first.
Thunder also go 1-2-3, two of which came on incredibly high popups from David Adams and Reid Gorecki.
Seventh inning: Pressure time for Wilkins Arias. He allows leadoff double to Justin Henry, but strands him at third with some excellent pitching to the heart of the order (and a generous inside corner from home plate ump Adam Hamari).
Eighth inning: Noel Castillo works around a two-out walk, keeps the SeaWolves off the scoreboard. Duff and his heat getting ready for the ninth.
David Adams drives home a pair on a two-run double and, while Gorecki was in a rundown after being picked off, scores from third before the tag on Gorecki. 5-1 Thunder, Duff in.
Ninth inning: Duff walks first guy, fans the next two and gets a grounder to first to end it. Thunder, 5-1.