This time, Thunder pay for meager offense
Brad Suttle collected the team’s only two hits – both singles in a 7-0 loss at Hadlock Field in the team’s penultimate game before heading home for the inaugural 2011 homestand.
Trenton native Steve Garrison started and, after cruising for a few frames, got roughed up by Portland’s bats in the fourth. Five of the first six Sea Dogs hitters against Garrison in that inning collected hits, including doubles from Oscar Tejeda, Jonathan Hee and Alex Hassan.
As has been the case quite often this season, Trenton’s defense didn’t perform well. Jose Pirela made his fifth error of the season and Yadil Mujica committed one later on, adding to the team’s total of 12 over the first six games. To put that into perspective, the Thunder wound up with 95 miscues in 142 games through all of 2010.
Aside from Suttle’s two knocks, the only other offensive output the Thunder mustered against Red Sox prospect Alex Wilson came via walks from Cody Johnson and Myron Leslie, playing first base in his season debut.
Notably, Addison Maruszak made his professional catching debut in place of Austin Romine, who had caught the previous five games.
The road swing concludes tonight when Shaeffer Hall takes the ball against Brock Huntzinger at 6:00 p.m.