Live Blog: Portland at Thunder
Spears - 2B
Chang - 3B
Kalish - LF
Exposito - DH
Anderson - 1B
Apodaca - C
Iglesias - SS
Lin - CF
Place - RF
Doubront - RHP
Krum - CF
Adams - 2B
Laird - 3B
Sublett - DH
Gorecki - LF
Brewer - RF
Vechionacci - 1B
Nunez - SS
Bleich - LHP
Top First: Ryan Kalish's double to deep center drives in a run early off Bleich. Of course, as he seems to do a lot this year, Bleich opened the inning with a walk.
Bottom First: Austin Krum doubles to lead off, and is followed by walks from David Adams and Austin Romine. Still, out of that golden threat the Thunder could produce just one run. That tally came on Brandon Laird's double-play grounder.
Top second: And, as soon as it was tied, it's untied. Juan Apodaca hit a ball to right that just kept carrying over the wall. 2-1 Sea Dogs.
Bottom second: Pretty meek inning there for the home side, with Gorecki bouncing back to the mound, and Dan Brewer and Marcos Vechionacci fanning looking.
Top third: Bleich sets 'em down 1-2-3.
Bottom third: Krum walks with one out, then is driven home by Romine's double over center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin's head. Laird follows that with a bloop single to left-center, bringing home Laird. 3-2 Thunder
Top fourth: Since the home run, Bleich has retired nine straight.
Bottom fourth: Vechionacci and Nunez string together a pair of two-out singles, but Nunez is out trying to stretch his hit into a double. Still 3-2 Thunder.
Top fifth: Marcos Vechionacci, being tried at first base again today, spears a line drive with two outs and the bases loaded, saving Jeremy Bleich's bacon and keeping the Thunder's lead. After five innings, Bleich has thrown 97 pitches, 57 of which were strikes. Josh Schmidt looks to be up next.
Bottom fifth: Strange move here. With two outs and two on, Franklin pinch-hits Kevin Smith, a lefty, against Tommy Hottovy, another lefty. Smith took the place of Sublett, another left-hander. Will investigate later.
Thunder added an insurance run in the sixth, but found out they needed a little more when Juan Apodaca's double brought home the tying run. Lars Anderson, who represented the go-ahead run, was thrown out at the dish. Score tied 4-4.