Final score: Trenton 5, Richmond 3 (rain)
Synopsis: Trenton got a four-run outburst in the seventh, quelled a Squirrels rally in the eighth, then won when the skies opened up and ended the game.
Good news: Neil Medchill was 3 for 4, which makes him 12 of 27 (.444) for the season. ... Jose Pirela, Rob Segedin and J.R. Murphy each had a pair of knocks ... Segedin picked a ball out of the stands for the second out of the crucial eighth inning. ... The Thunder have their first streak of their, and fortunately for them it involves a pair of wins.
“Any time you can get a win, I
think it’s important,” said reliever Josh Romanski, who pitched the eighth and
earned the win. “Last night we had an exciting victory, so it was good to come
out here tonight and get another comeback win. Any time you get back-to-back
wins or win multiple games in a row, it builds team confidence.”
Bad news: Slade Heathcott was scratched before the game with a stiff neck. He was sent home before the game started, and is likely to be placed on the disabled list. We'll speak with him tomorrow (assuming he's there) to get further details. The injury brings to mind David Adams, who missed about a month last season with a stiff neck.
“He came in (and) he wasn’t
looking too good,” manager Tony Franklin said afterward. “It was really, really
rigid. He couldn’t go. … He came in and he was pretty tight.”
If he's out for an extended period of time, there's no easy answer to fill center field. Ramon Flores filled that role tonight, but he's not a center fielder, nor are Medchill, Austin, Casey Stevenson (who played left field tonight) or Shane Brown (who is on the Staten Island roster).
Total games played in center field, career, on Trenton roster:
Ramon Flores: 60
Neil Medchill: 14
Shane Brown: 2
If I had to guess on a player they might summon from elsewhere in the system, it'd be Eduardo Sosa, the fourth outfielder in Tampa who has 278 games of experience in center field in his pro career. Of course, that'd leave the T-Yanks with four outfielders.
Another name (just spitballing here) to consider is Daniel Aldrich, who is currently on the Staten Island roster. He was an NDFA late last season and has never played a pro game but spent a great deal of time with the Double-A group in spring training.