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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Top 10 Games of the Year -- No .9: Austin Krum saves the day

Every Monday, Minor Matters will run down the top 10 games of the Thunder's 2010 season. In a year that saw eight of Baseball America's 16 pitchers (excluding Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino, who were out of the organization) in their top 30, not to mention Austin Romine and Brandon Laird, there are plenty of good choices to go around.

While in Reading, the Thunder were cruising. Lance Pendleton had locked up the R-Phils for six innings before Cody Overbeck's three-run blast highlighted a four-run, game-tying frame.

Reading threatened again in the eighth, but a great throw from Dan Brewer and a sensational catch by Austin Krum ended the inning and kept the score tied. Matt Cusick's laser to left gave the Thunder a slim 5-4 edge.

They asked Kevin Whelan to finish things in the ninth, and behind another spectacular grab from Krum, that's exactly what he did.

With two outs and the winning run on first, Michael Spidale blooped a ball into shallow center. Krum closed fast, though, and scooped the ball off the grass for the final out in a heart-stopping road win that kept the team tied for first in E.L. East.

Link to original game story

“That was a heck of a play, but that’s what center fielders do – they make the plays. That’s what good baseball players do when the game is on the line and the ballgame rests on, maybe, a couple of plays, a couple of hits – you make the plays, and (Krum) certainly did that tonight.” -- Tony Franklin

“It’s what’s going to happen. It’s what you have to do in close games like that. Both teams fought hard. You’re never out of a game, especially in this park.” -- Austin Krum

“Spidale’s a good hitter. He lives up the middle away. I got a pretty good jump on it, and it carried just enough to me so I could make the catch.” -- Krum

Afterward: For all his defensive efforts, Krum was positively putrid in August and September, hitting .188/.293/.543 after the All-Star break. Center field in Trenton next season will probably be taken by Melky Mesa, so Krum's role in the organization is up in the air.

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