Trenton 6, New Hampshire 2
Synopsis: After some juggling because of the rain, Jeremy Bleich got the start instead of Matt Tracy. The rain never came, and Bleich pitched brilliantly for three innings before handing the ball to Tracy for 5 2/3 innings. Matt Daley got the final out.
Trenton drove home its first five runs on two sac flies, an RBI groundout and a fielder's choice that Kevin Nolan threw wildly to the dish and allowed a second run to score. Its final tally came on a mammoth Kyle Roller homer, just the fourth the Thunder have hit at home this season.
What went right: Obviously, the pitching. Tracy followed up his boffo start against Binghamton with four no-hit innings against New Hampshire before Nolan touched him up for a solo bomb. In his first five starts this year, Tracy allowed 24 runs on 33 hits. In his last two, he's kept the opposition to two runs on three hits.
Bleich's first start at Trenton in nearly three years went swimmingly. He was only supposed to go three innings no matter what (they figured the rain would come right around that time), but he held New Hampshire at bay while he was out there. Before Tracy took over, he'd gone three innings and allowed two hits and no walks.
The hitting also seems to be coming around. Ramon Flores collected two his, Tyler Austin hit a couple of balls hard, and the outs they did make with RISP were hit solidly as well.
What went wrong: Even while hitting more balls solidly, the Thunder were just 1 for 10 with RISP, and that hit only pushed a runner to third. Over the last three days, the team is 6 for 38 with men in scoring position.
Picks to click:
Here are my game story
and an interview
with pitching coordinator Gil Patterson from Saturday.