Run by Josh Norris, The Trentonian's Thunder beat writer, this blog will cover the team, as well as the Eastern League and Minor League Baseball as a whole.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Postgame Notes - ELCS Game 4
Final score: Akron 6, Trenton 1
Synopsis: Toru Murata locked down the Thunder, whose offense was limited to just a homer from J.R. Murphy, and the Aeros claimed their fourth Eastern League Championship Series with a win in Game 4 at Waterfront Park.
Early controversy: With Adonis Garcia on third and one out in the first, David Adams grounded a ball toward first base. Jesus Aguilar picked it up and fired home to try to nab Garcia. Home plate umpire Shaun Lampe, believing Garcia was never tagged and never touched home, made no call.
Catcher Roberto Perez chased down Garcia for the out. Photographs later showed that Garcia did indeed touch home plate with his left hand on the way by. Tony Franklin argued to no avail, and Trenton's potential first run was off the board.
No Offense: Trenton hit just .210 for the playoffs, and for the most part their offense was run through Zoilo Almonte. The Thunder's right fielder drove in 10 runs in eight games (a franchise record) and had five RBIs in Game 3 against Akron (also a franchise record).
With a .357 mark, Addison Maruszak was the only Thunder player to hit better than .300 in the postseason. His average was the third best in the playoffs, behind only Reading's Cody Asche and Bowie's Ty Kelly. Maruszak's two longballs were also tied for the most in the postseason.
As a team, Trenton put forth on-base and slugging percentages of just .276 and .361, worst in both categories among the four finalists.
A Walk to Forget: Trenton's pitchers issued a playoff-worst 27 bases on balls, including five from Nik Turley and four apiece from Lee Hyde and David Aardsma.
You're on the mark, Montgomery: Trenton reliever Mark Montgomery fanned 11 in six postseason innings, tied for second with Ethan Martin and Toru Murata, both starting pitchers.