PP Game Notes: Sea Dogs 4, Thunder 1

The Trenton Thunder were handed another loss as their pathetic play continued in a 4-1 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Sean Henn took the loss for the Thunder falling to four and four on the year as the Thunder fell a half game behind Portland in the Eastern League North. Thunder manager Stump Merrill said after the game that he expects his team's impotence with runners in scoring position to continue until someone steps up.

The Thunder are hitting .083 (3-for-36) with runners  in scoring position since the All-Star Break. Additionally, the Thunder left 15 runners on base on Saturday night, including 10 in scoring position. The Thunder have left 32 runners on base in their first three games back since the break.  Henn didn't blame his teammates for the loss though, saying anytime he leaves the mound in line for the loss that it's his fault the team loses.

Ron Johnson, manager of the Portland Sea Dogs, said that he thought it was a good "four hit, four run W." He went on to say that it was good "developmental game" in that it exposed Abe Alvarez to situations where he had to work out of innings with runners on base. Johnson also talked about reliever Ryan Larson, who came on behind Alvarez. He "hasn't pitched four innings all year, but where were in a situation where he had to step up and he did." The longest Larson pitched prior to this was two and two thirds.  The Sea Dogs are hitting .361 (13-for-36) with runners in scoring position.

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