Postgame notes - Game 1 ELDS
Synopsis: Brett Marshall allowed three solo homers and an RBI groundout, and the Thunder got only a two-run bomb from Ramon Flores in a postseason-opening loss at a half-full FirstEnergy Stadium.
Bright spots: Flores' home run, obviously. The blast was his second in as many games in Double-A. The two homers account for a third of his total all season with Tampa. I guess you just can't predict baseball.
- Mark Montgomery fanned a pair in his scoreless eighth inning.
- Zoilo Almonte drew a four-pitch walk off of Eastern League saves leader Justin Friend to lead off the ninth. For a guy who drew just 25 walks all year and just two in his last 38 at-bats, that was an oddity indeed.
- Adonis Garcia notched a pair of hits in his first playoff game.
- David Adams had the team's other extra-base hit, a double in the fourth inning after Flores had homered.
A look into the future: If you're looking for Tyler Austin to make his postseason debut tomorrow -- on his 21st birthday -- don't. Manager Tony Franklin said afterward that he'd be throwing out today's lineup again on Thursday.