Postgame Recap - Game 1
That, combined with a bit of sloppy fielding, a lack of timely hitting and an overall failure to put the ball in play against Drew Hutchison and a cast of relievers, cost the Thunder on Opening Night.
Key stat: Trenton's 3-4-5 hitters, David Adams, Zoilo Almonte, and Rob Lyerly, were 0 for 9 with seven strikeouts on the evening. Adams' two walks were the only times the trio reached base.
Bright spots: Ronnier Mustelier and Melky Mesa each had two hits in the opener. Mustelier was 2 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Mesa drove in the Thunder's other two runs. ... The bullpen after Hall -- Arbiso, Preston Claiborne and Lee Hyde -- allowed one run on three hits over the final five innings. The trio fanned six against one walk.
Welcome back: After pulling a hamstring with Scranton last year and eventually winding up out of affiliated baseball with the Atlantic League's Camden RiverSharks, Fernando Hernandez took the mound on Thursday night. He allowed a sac fly to Mesa but fanned Dan Brewer on 93 mph gas to end Trenton's eighth-inning threat.
Picks to click: Here are my game story and notes from Thursday's action.
Flicks to click: Here are seven videos from the Thunder's loss.