Final score: Trenton 8, New Hampshire 2
Synopsis: Fred Lewis pitched four scoreless innings, and Andrew Clark led the way for the offense with three doubles. Newcomer Mikeson Oliberto had a pair of hits as well, and Reegie Corona drove in two runs. Danny Burawa and Tommy Kahnle threw up zeroes over the final two frames.
What went right: Let's start with Lewis, who made just his second start with the Thunder after being converted from a reliever. He fanned four over as many frames (a career high as far as length is concerned) and looked quite good at times.
“Better this start than he was
last start,” manager Tony Franklin said. “Of course his last start was his
first one and you just don’t know what you’re going to get in your initial
start, but he threw the ball well. He had all of his pitches working today. …
Really good performance, I liked it.”
The moral here is: If you have a mid-90s heater from left side, and you can match it up with a pretty good slider and change, you have a chance. Just look at Francisco Rondon.
Burawa and Kahnle also looked excellent this evening. Burawa, who was mentioned the other night by a scout as one of those guys whose numbers don't match up with his stuff, has allowed just seven hits over his last 16 innings.
Clark has also turned it on a bit lately. He'd undergone some regression after a scorching start that saw him go .359/.375/.590 in June. He's come back to Earth, but he's also the first Thunder player this season to swat three doubles in one game. So, does he feel he's adjusted to the league after it adjusted to him?
"Yeah, I mean, I'm always trying to get better as a hitter," he said. "Once I got here, obviously I was hitting well. Had to make some adjustments up there about halfway through. I'm starting to see the ball better again and get my timing down."
With another hit on Sunday, Jose Pirela just keeps climbing. He's hitting .339/.423/.419 this month and .322/.390/.455 since June 1. Amazingly, after three years with the Thunder, he's the youngest infielder on the team.
"Everybody thinks Pirela is really an older guy, in terms of age," Franklin said. "He's really only about 23. He's only 23 years old. He's still a young player, and in terms of maturity, I think it that amount of time for kids coming from the Dominican, or maybe Venezuela. So he's still a young player in terms of age. He's been at this level three years now, and maybe you're starting to see the benefits of the time he's spent here."
What went wrong: This, really.
|Foul ball 1, Popcorn machine 0. |
Flick to click: Here is my highlight reel from today.