• Scranton's Batting Order: Estee Harris, Angel Chavez, Bronson Sardinha, Shelly Duncan, Eric Duncan, Shawn Garrett, Omir Santos, Alberto Gonzalez, and JT Stotts
• *Melky Cabrera hit second in each inning
• Estee Harris had a great day at the plate. He collected two hits, driving in a run and scoring a run in Scranton's win on Thursday. He struck out looking to start the day but then in the fourth inning he hit a line drive into right field which scored Melky Cabrera for the third run of the game. He also used his speedy legs to beat the throw on a slow roller to third base. He finished with his second strikeout of the day in the eighth inning.
• Angel Chavez showcased a powerful bat in Thursday's game. He went 1 for 2 with an RBI. In his first at-bat he hit a home run over the left field fence and to end the day he grounded into a fielder's choice.
• Bronson Sardinha went back to back with teammate Angel Chavez in the first inning as he also slammed a home run to right field. He wound up going 1 for 3 with an RBI. In his last two at-bats he lined out hard to the shortstop and grounded out to second base.
• Shelley Duncan had a rough day in the field and at the plate. He went 0 for 3 with a walk. He struck out swinging in the first inning and then grounded out to shortstop in the fifth. He managed a walk in the seventh and eventually scored Scranton's seventh run of the game on Eric Duncan's single. He ended the day by striking out looking. He played left field in Thursday's contest and seemed to have trouble seeing the ball as misplayed a couple of balls.
• Eric Duncan looks like he is ready to get the season under way. He showcased his powerful bat and looks very poised to have an excellent season. He went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and three RBIs. He led off the second inning by grounding out to second base and in the fifth inning he hit a moon shot home run that must have hit the roof of the administrative building because nobody saw it come down. In the seventh inning he drove in his third RBI of the game by hitting a shallow line drive into right field. He grounded out to the first base to end his day in the ninth inning.
• Shawn Garrett went hitless in Thursday's game but hit the ball hard all day. In his first at-bat he hit a groundball that was ticketed for centerfield but the pitcher reached out and grabbed it to rob him of a base hit. In his next two at-bats he flied out to deep right and centerfield and then grounded out to third base in the ninth inning.
• Omir Santos went 1 for 3 with a line drive single to left field. He struck out looking in the third inning and then flew out to right field in the seventh.
• Alberto Gonzalez also went hitless in his three at-bats. He flew out to right field in the third inning then struck out looking in the fifth and ended the day by popping out to shallow left field.
• JT Stotts did not hit the ball hard in his three plate appearances. He struck out, popped out to shortstop and then grounded out to first base.
• Making a guest appearance from major league camp, Melky Cabrera had six at-bats on Thursday as he hit second in each inning. He went 1 for 4 with a booming double and a walk. He grounded out to second base in his first two at-bats and then flew out to left field in the third inning. He then lined a double down the right field line and scored on Estee Harris' single. He then walked in the fifth inning and scored on Eric Duncan's home run. He ended the day by grounding out to second base.
• Kevin Howard didn't start on Thursday but made the most of his opportunity after replacing Angel Chavez in the sixth inning. He was perfect on the day going 2 for 2 with and an RBI. He hit a hard double just inside the foul line in the right field and then grounded a single into centerfield.
• The lefty submariner, Mike Myers, pitched two innings in Scranton's win after coming across the street from Legend's Field. He threw 40 pitches, 28 for strikes. However, many of those strikes were hit hard as he gave up four straight hits in the first inning plating two runs for the Devil Rays. He then settled down and struck out the next two batters to end the inning. He came out for second inning and looked much more comfortable as he struck out two more and ended his day by inducing a weak pop-up to third base.
• Paul Thorp looked strong out on the mound on Thursday. He pitched three innings, scattering two hits and striking out one. He gave up a lead-off single to the first batter he faced but then induced a routine 6-4-3 double play. He ended the third inning by getting a groundout to second base. He had a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, with the last out being his only strikeout of the day. In the fifth inning he got a broken bat grounder to first base but then gave up a single to left field to the next batter. He ended his effort by getting a fly-out and a foul out to right field.
• T.J. Beam had some control problems but it did not hurt him. He pitched one inning with his only blemish being a lead-off walk to start the sixth inning. His strike to ball ratio was not good as he threw 13 pitches, seven of them were balls. He then induced a 3-6-3 double play that was beautifully executed by first baseman Eric Duncan, who is still learning the position.
• Scott Patterson looked absolutely dominant in his two innings of work. He threw 25 pitches, 18 for strikes. He entered the game in the seventh inning, striking out two and getting a weak pop-u[ to first base. He gave up a lead-off single in the eighth inning but the runner was erased after Scranton turned a 4-6-3 double play. He ended his outing by getting a strikeout on a called third strike.
• Jose Valdez was roughed up in the ninth inning. He gave up three straight hits to start the inning, a solo home run to right field on the first pitch he threw, a double into the left field corner and a single that scored the Devil Rays' fourth and final run of the game. He got out of further trouble by inducing a 6-4-3 double play and closed out the game by getting a groundout to first base.
• Trenton's Batting Order: Brett Gardner, Ramiro Pena, Cody Ehlers, PJ Pilittere, Aarom Baldiris. Chase Odenreider, JT LaFountain, Kyle Blumenthal, DJ Hollingsworth, and Hector Gonzalez
• Designated hitter PJ Pilittere had a sensational game for the Trenton Thunder today in a game against the Montgomery Biscuits. He had a massive two-run home run to left field that got Trenton on the board. The blast cleared the wall easily. He also had a double and an infield RBI single in the game, and totaled up three runs scored and three RBIs. Piliterre showed a good knowledge of the strike zone with his fifth inning walk.
• First baseman Cody Ehlers didn't have much success at the dish today, but that doesn't mean his impact on the game was nonexistent. He put out a potential double play by hustling down the line and beating the throw to first. He would later score on Odenreider's fourth inning double. Later on in the game, he picked up his second run of the game, scoring on #21's eight-inning triple. Defensively, Ehlers made a sensational play in the top half of the eighth. A hot shot ball took a funny bounce and the lip of the grass. Ehlers showed quick reaction and made an impressive leap to snack the ball and record the out at first. It was a sensational play that his teammates recognized when he returned to the dugout.
• Left fielder, James Cooper came off the bench and had an immediate impact on the game. He hit a titanic blast to center field, nearly hitting it over the 30-foot wall. The ball bounced off and Cooper made his way to third. He added a single to right in his next at-bat, finishing the day 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored
• Extra hitter Hector Gonzalez wasn't going to be left out of the offensive onslaught that took place at the Yankees minor league complex. He finished the game 2 for 4 with four RBIs. In the second, Gonzalez connected on a big-time blast to left field. The ball hit the fence, just staying in the park. The double plated two Trenton players. In the bottom half of the sixth, he rocketed a ball to left center field. There was no doubt about this one as it cleared the fence for the two-run round tripper. He added a walk in the eight and finished the game with two runs scored. His only blemish was getting called out at home plate in the second inning.
• Pitcher Brett Smith started the game for the Thunder and looked impressive for most of his outing. Walks were an issue though, as he lacked control at certain points, letting his fastball rise up and out of the strike zone. He had three walks on the day, while consistently having a velocity of 88-89 MPH. The most economical inning for him on Thursday was his second inning of work in which he need only eight pitches to get through. The batters went in order by strikeout; fly out to center field and fouling out to the third baseman. In the top half of the fourth, Smith showed signs of tiring. However, his defense helped him out with a nice double play. Ehlers made a nice scoop at first play, to complete the twin killing. In his fifth, Montgomery hitters started to make some solid contact. The inning started with a home run. The next two batters smashed a triple and then another home run. Smith responded well, getting a big strike out, before being pulled from the game. In all, he went 4 1/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs while punching out three.
• Pitcher Wilkins Arias had a good outing today. He came in the top of the fifth with a runner on. He stuck out the first batter he faced, and ending the inning with a fly out to center. The lefty looked impressive, getting the job done in the big spot. Arias ran into trouble when he started the seventh inning. After two quick outs on groundballs, he walked a batter, his first sign of struggling all day. A double and a single came next, plating two Biscuit runs. A fly out to center field ended the inning and left two runners on base. The final line for Arias was two runs, on two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts. He pitched 2 2/3 innings, more than the two he was originally scheduled to pitch.
• The last two innings belonged to Cory Stuart. He had a very economical outing, getting the side in order with a fly out to left, groundball to third, and another to first. In the ninth, he walked the first batter. However, he was able to get the groundball for the 6-4-3 double-play. First baseman Ehlers made another fine play, stretching far to his right to make the gab. A fly out to left field ended the game. It was a solid outing by Stuart who kept hitters off balance with his two hitless frames.
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