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

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Postgame Recap - Game 3

Final score: Thunder 11, New Hampshire 2

Synopsis: Trenton hit seven home runs -- two apiece from Cody Johnson and Rob Lyerly and one each from Jose Gil, Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte -- and got its first win of the season. Brett Marshall worked his way through five innings in his Double-A debut to earn the W. The Thunder carded 16 hits overall, 10 of which went for extra bases. Dan Brewer doubled twice and Jose Pirela led off the game with a triple. 

Key stat: Aside from the seven home runs -- which set one franchise record (most HR in a game) and tied another (most HR in one inning, three) -- and their impact on Saturday's game, they also helped the Thunder on their way to proving last April was a fluke. With the outburst, the team has eight home runs in three games this month. Last year's had nine all of last April. 

Bright spots: Zoilo Almonte got off his very early schneid -- he had an RBI single in his first at-bat. Melky Mesa continues to look outstanding at the plate in the earlygoing, especially when it comes to pitch recognition. ... Kelvin Perez hit 94 miles per hour and struck out two in his Thunder debut. The bullpen as a whole blanked the Fisher Cats over the final four frames, fanning six and walking just one. 

Picks to click: Here are Nick Peruffo's game story and notes from today's action. He absolutely destroyed it today. Not bad for a guy who, like Marshall, was making his Thunder (coverage) debut. He's a great writer and, like Preston Claiborne, a Tulane alum. 

Flicks to click: I posted them earlier, but here are four videos I shot during the game today before I had to leave. 


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