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Friday, June 7, 2013

Puello gets the best of the Thunder again; Chase set to retire

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Cesar Puello got the best of the Thunder once again.

The slugger bashed two more home runs, and Trenton fell in the finale with the B-Mets, 5-4. Seven of Puello’s 12 longballs this year have come against Trenton pitching.

Puello, who is on the Mets’ 40-man roster, was one of the players named in records from the Biogenesis clinic, which is alleged to have provided players with performance-enhancing drugs.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and catcher Francisco Cervelli were also among the names mentioned, as was former Thunder catcher Jesus Montero, now with the Mariners.

Trenton got three runs early on RBI singles from Ali Castillo, Ramon Flores and catcher Tyson Blaser, who took his first Eastern League at-bat on Thursday after spending all season on the disabled list. He replaced catcher Nick McCoy who was injured earlier on the Thunder’s road trip.

Puello’s first blast helped Binghamton claw all the way back, but the Thunder tied things again in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Jose Pirela off of B-Mets reliever Jack Leathersich.

That tie didn’t last long. Puello reached reliever Fred Lewis for another homer, which gave the B-Mets the lead and the eventual win.

Starter Matt Tracy allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out six.

Trenton returns home on Friday to start a four-game set with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Jose Ramirez will take the hill for Trenton and will be opposed by Taylor Rogers.


The Thunder on Thursday announced that Chase, one of their two batdogs, is retiring. His final game will be on July 5, when the team will play its second of five games with Reading.

The team will hand out bobblehead replicas of Chase at that game, which will also be Bark in the Park day at The Hammer.

“Chase has been the furry face of the franchise for more than 10 years,” said Thunder General Manager Will Smith. “Now, unlike most who make their careers on professional baseball fields, he’s going out on his own terms.

Chase has been retrieving bats since 2002, but has relinquished those duties to his son Chase for all of this season. He’ll retrieve one final bat on his retirement day.


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