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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Postgame Recap - Game 42
Final score: Trenton 3, Akron 2
Synopsis: Trenton pitchers worked around nine walks, and the offense put it together just enough to score a one-run win over the Aeros, the league's best team. Trenton got its runs on sac flies from Cody Johnson and Kevin Mahoney, and a double from Luke Murton. Francisco Rondon, Lee Hyde, Preston Claiborne and Ryan Flannery allowed one run over their five innings.
Bright spots: Cody Johnson got two more hits, a double and a single, upping his average to .292. Considering he was hitting .186 at this time last year, there's something to be said about him possibly improving. Remember, he's still just 23 and doesn't turn 24 until August.
Flannery pitched another scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to a fantastic 0.86. He doesn't have stuff that jumps out at you, but he locates what he has very well, and he has a delivery loaded with deception.
He hasn't allowed a run since April 29 at New Hampshire, a span of eight outings and 9 1/3 frames. He's picked up six saves this year (though that stat is, of course, meaningless), and is the team's de facto closer.
Bad news: Dan Brewer dislocated his finger on a collision with Murton late in the game and was immediately sent to the hospital. He's almost certainly going to wind up on the disabled list again, leaving Trenton with three healthy outfielders (Abe Almonte, Cody Johnson and Shane Brown) while he, Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa are injured.
In his postgame last night, manager Tony Franklin mentioned that Addison Maruszak, Yadil Mujica could see time in the outfield if necessary while they wait for people to heal. Here's the career breakdown for that trio as far as their outfield experience is concerned.