PP Game Notes: Thunder 4, BMets 2

The Trenton Thunder completed a three game sweep of the Binghamton Mets with a 4-2 victory on Sunday at Waterfront Park. Matt DeSalvo improved to 1-1 in his Eastern League career, giving up only one run over his six innings of work. DeSalvo continued a string of eight of the last nine games being quality starts by Thunder starters. The team is 4-5 over that time.

Matt DeSalvo looked like CyYoung in the first two innings, as the Mets didn't get a ball out of the infield. Over the final four innings of his outing though, DeSalvo battled out of jams in every inning and according to Thunder manager Stump Merrill, "the kid battled very well. He might not have had his best stuff, but he had his competitive spirit."

DeSalvo said his biggest problem was that he failed to really get ahead of many hitters today. He said that the three biggest things he needed to learn were to not work quite as fast, get ahead of hitters, and to trust his stuff more. DeSalvo would go on to say that he has an immature attitude when it comes to wanting to strike out every hitter he faces.

DeSalvo threw 97 pitches and gave up the only run he allowed in his final inning of work. After Angel Pagan led off with a single to center in the sixth, Ron Acuna followed with a double to left center that scofred Pagan and accounted for the only Met offense of the day until Justin Pope gave up a run in the ninth to make it a 4-2 game.

After capitalizing on a throwing error for their only run in the first, the Thunder put two on the board in the fifth with four straight one out hits by the top of the order. Kevin Reese led off with a triple to right center that was followed by a single to left off the bat of Andy Cannizaro that scored Reese. After a single to left center by Robinson Cano, Aaron Rifkin followed with a double to right center that scored Cannizaro and put the Thunder ahead 3-1 at the time. The Thunder added one more in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Reese that scored Craig Wilson.

Justin Pope gave up a solo home run to center to Joe Jiannetti in the ninth to bring the B-Mets within 4-2 but that was as close as they would come. After Pope walked the next batter, Gil Velasquez, Merrill came out and lifted Pope in favor of David Shepard. Shepard came out of the Thunder bullpen for the fourth consecutive day to strike out Jimmy Anderson to earn his 10th save of the year. When Merrill was asked about Shepard being used four consecutive days, he said, "He said he wanted to get some work and guess we're getting him some." Merrill said he was unsure whether Shepard would be available to pitch tomorrow night when the Thunder open a three game series against the BaySox in Bowie.

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