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Friday, April 20, 2012
Postgame Recap - April 19
Final score: Harrisburg 6, Trenton 2
Synopsis: Josh Romanski got torched in the first inning for four runs on five hits, and that's all she wrote. Romanski was brilliant after that, but the damage was done. Trenton managed just five hits, and got just two men as far as second base over the first six innings.
Bad break: Outfielder Zoilo Almonte was removed from the game in the fifth inning after tweaking his hamstring on the bases during the bottom of the fourth. At this point, he's day-to-day. Almonte's injury just adds another on the seemingly never-ending pile of pain at Waterfront Park. To wit:
Z. Almonte Hamstring
D. Brewer Left pinkie
J. Pirela Concussion symptoms
R. Lyerly R Shoulder stiffness
D. Adams Neck stiffness
G. Molina Back stiffness
G. Stoneburner Groin stiffness
All of the players on the above list are on the disabled list besides Almonte. That's a third of the Thunder's Opening Day lineup on the shelf, and another who is hurting. Not a good thing at all.
Hello, old chum: More than two years after blowing out his elbow on Opening Day at Waterfront Park, Christian Garcia pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief for the Senators on Thursday night. He hit as high as 95 and looked dynamite. Three of the four outs he recorded were Ks.
Bright spots: Luke Murton made his home Thunder debut and went 2 for 4, with a double and long home run that would have possibly landed on Route 29 were David Robertson's face not in the way high atop the left-field wall.
Coincidentally, Murton had spent the last few weeks recovering from a broken right ring finger suffered toward the latter part of spring training and now is in Trenton to replace the injured Rob Lyerly.
I noticed during one of his at-bats that Murton draws something before every one of his turns at the plate. He said after the game that he draws the cross to remind him that, no matter how taxing and frustrating this game can be, there's always the bigger picture. As the father of a nearly 3-month-old little girl, Murton certainly has a new perspective on life.