Final score: Richmond 7, Trenton 5
Synopsis: Trenton battled back from a three-run deficit, then held the fort for seven scoreless until the bullpen cracked in the 12th. Gary Brown's infield single sparked a two-run Richmond rally, capped by Johnny Monell's two-run, go-ahead double off of Michael Dubee.
Bright spots: Because of Reading's loss, Trenton is still in first place by a game. ... Kelvin Perez and Preston Claiborne pitched five combined innings of shutout ball. ... Melky Mesa had three hits, including a double, scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base. ... Zoilo Almonte had two more hits, including a double. He's batting .350/.413/.500 in his last 10 games. ... Addison Maruszak hit his fifth home run of the year, and the first Richmond starter Chris Heston has allowed all year.
Power outage: The very bad news yesterday was the loss of designated hitter Cody Johnson. After legging out an infield single, Johnson came up lame immediately and was replaced by Damon Sublett at first. It didn't look good at all. Johnson had no comment after the game. Given the Yankees' history of caution with injuries, a trip to the DL seems likely. Although he's slumping badly, Johnson is the EL's longball leader and a massive power threat in the middle of the order.
Flicks to click: I forgot to charge my camera's battery, so there shall be no video today. Sorry.