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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Around the System Two'fer

I was busy all day for the last two days, but here's the last two Around The Systems, better late than never.

Triple-A: Norfolk 2, Scranton 1; Scranton 4, Norfolk 0
Two brilliant pitching performances from Romulo Sanchez and Jason Hirsh, and the best the Yankees could do was a split. Sanchez allowed six hits and one earned run on Saturday, and Hirsh followed with seven one-hit, shutout frames on Sunday. It was the second start in a row in which Hirsh has flirted with a no-hitter.

Kevin Russo went 4-for-9 over the two games, socking a triple off of Tides' reliever Brandon Erbe on Sunday. Jesus Montero went 0-for-6 on the weekend, dropping his average to .237.

Saturday box score

Sunday box score

Double-A: Erie 10, Trenton 4; Erie 4, Trenton 3
After looking so dominant against the SeaWolves in the season's opening tilt, the Thunder were thoroughly outclassed by Erie on Saturday and Sunday. Jeremy Bleich's struggles continued on Saturday, walking six men and allowing seven earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings. He leads the Eastern League in walks. For the guy who was the Yankees' No. 9 prospect coming into the season, this is a very disturbing development.

Sunday's loss featured yet another bullpen implosion, this one courtesy of closer Grant Duff, who allowed a two-run, walk-off home run to Erie catcher Maxim St. Pierre. The home run ruined another solid effort from David Phelps, who is fast becoming the Thunder's most reliable starter.

Austin Romine and Reid Gorecki each connected for their first Thunder home run on Saturday, and Jose Gil went deep on Sunday.

Saturday Box score
Sunday Box score

High-A: Tampa 4, Brevard 3; Brevard 3, Tampa 2
Andrew Brackman made his return from the disabled list on Saturday, allowing two runs over four innings. He also walked nobody, which is a sign of progress for the 6-foot-10 former first-round choice. He's walked just one man in 12 innings so far, but he's given up 21 hits. Corban Joseph, Mitch Abeita and Addison Maruszak each doubled in the win.

On Sunday, the T-Yanks faced rehabbing right-hander Chris Capuano, who held them to one run over 4 2/3 innings before handing things over to the Manatees bullpen. Daniel Merklinger earned the win by tossing 3 1/3 one-run innings.

Melky Mesa did reach Capuano for a longball, his second of the season.

Saturday box score
Sunday box score

Low-A: Hickory 1, Charleston 0
Jose Ramirez must've felt a bit like Zack Greinke yesterday. Ramirez allowed just one run over six innings to the Crawdads, but still got tagged with the loss. He allowed just two hits and a walk in his outing, but his RiverDogs' offense couldn't touch Hickory starter Matt Thompson. After yesterday, Ramirez's ERA is a stellar 1.84. DeAngelo Mack, Kyle Higashioka and Jimmy Paredes each collected two hits in the loss.

Box score

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