Richmond Flying Squirrels at Trenton Thunder: Live Blog

19 04 2011

Manny Banuelos makes his second start for the Trenton Thunder tonight.

We’re here at Waterfront Park in Trenton, NJ for tonight’s contest between the Trenton Thunder and the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Hyped pitching prospect Manny Banuelos (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Thunder. He’ll be going up against Daryl Maday (0-1, 5.06 ERA).

–Note: Since NJ Transit’s RiverLINE service shuts down at 10:00, I had to unfortunately cut the live blog short to make sure I don’t spend the night at the Trenton train station. Once I get back to NYC, I will post the final score below, with any newsworthy developments.–

Here’s tonight’s starting lineups:

TRENTON LINEUP: Krum LF, Pirela SS, Romine C, Suttle 3B, Johnson DH, Mesa CF, Joseph 2B, Maruszak 1B, Kruml RF.

FLYING SQUIRRELS LINEUP: Christian DH, Culberson 2B, Flors 3B, Koshansky 1B, McBryde RF, Kieschnick LF, Perez CF, Monell C, Weeks SS.

TOP 1ST: Justin Christian hits an infield single to lead off, but Banuelos gets Charlie Culberson to ground out into a 6-4-3 double play. Jose Flores grounds out to second to end the inning. 12 pitches for Banuelos, with 9 of them strikes.

BOTTOM 1ST: Austin Krum hits a chopper down the line, which is fielded by Maday for the out. Jose Pirela flies out to right-center, and Maday retires Austin Romine on a grounder to second.

TOP 2ND: Banuelos walks Joe Koshansky but gets Mike McBryde swinging for the strikeout. Roger Kieschnick flies out to left field. Juan Perez walks, but Banuelos comes back with a swinging strikeout of Johnny Monell. 26 pitches, 12 strikes in that inning for Banuelos.

BOTTOM 2ND: Bradley Suttle and Cody Johnson strikeout swinging. Melky Mesa laces a triple to deep centerfield, but Corban Joseph strikes out, leaving Mesa stranded.

TOP 3RD: A quick inning for Banuelos–he retires the side 1-2-3. 9 pitches, 8 strikes in the inning. In total, Banuelos is at 47 pitches through three innings, with 29 for strikes. Other than the second inning, Banuelos has had good command of the strike zone.

BOTTOM 3RD: Kruml reaches on an error by Culberson, but is almost immediately picked off first base. Flores throws Krum out on a very close play at first. Krum crouched in disbelief after the play–he thought he was safe.

TOP 4TH: Flores reaches on an infield single. Koshansky looks at a called third strike. McBryde hits a grounder to second, but Corban Joseph air-mails the throw to Maruszak, allowing Flores to scoot into third. Kieschnick hits a sacrifice fly to plate Flores, putting the Flying Squirrels up 1-0. Perez strikes out swinging to end the third.

Banuelos threw 17 pitches in that inning, 13 for strikes. To add to that, the run was unearned, meaning Banuelos’ 0.00 ERA is still intact for now. But his pitch count is steadily going up, which is not good for someone who just came off off of the disabled list with a blister on his throwing hand.

BOTTOM 4TH: Pierla strikes out looking. Romine knocks a base hit to right-center field, but Suttle flies out to deep centerfield. What happens next is quite bizarre: Monell tries to pick Romine off of first, but the only problem is that Koshansky wasn’t expecting it. The ball sails down the rightfield line as Romine motors to third. But Johnson strikes out again to end the inning with Romine stuck 90 feet from home.

TOP 5TH: As expected, Banuelos’ night is done–Naoya Okamoto has entered the game. Banuelos’ final statline: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K. Banuelos threw 64 pitches, 42 for strikes.

Joel Weeks hits a grounder past the third baseman for a hit. Christian strikes out, and then Okamoto gets both Culberson and Weeks on the rare strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play.

BOTTOM 5TH: Mesa grounds out for the first out. Joseph hits a comebacker right at Maday, and it goes through the hole for a base hit. Maruszak flies out to the warning track in deep left field. Joseph advances on a passed ball, but Maday gets out of the game with a Kruml groundout to second.

TOP 6TH: Okamoto still in for Trenton. Culberson flies out to leftfield for the first out. Flores follows that up with a flyout to center. Koshansky grounds out to the first baseman to end a quick 1-2-3 inning for the Thunder.

BOTTOM 6TH: Austin Krum chops it to Koshansky for the first out, followed by a Pirela groundout to the shortstop. Romine adds another base hit up the middle to his already impressive night (he’s now at 2 hits to go with his nice throwout of Weeks back in the top of the 5th).

Bradley Suttle draws a walk, prompting Richmond manager Dave Mchemer to take Maday out of the game. Maday’s final line: 5.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 5K.

Dowdy works out of the jam by issuing Cody Johnson his third strikeout of the game.

TOP 7TH: Okamoto comes back for his third inning of work and gets McBryde to fly out. Kieschnick grounds out to second, but Juan Perez lays down a beauty of a bunt along the first-base line to get the base hit. Johnny Monell hits the ball past a diving Maruszak for a double, but Kruml saves a run for the Thunder–he comes up throwing and nails Perez on the play at the plate for the third out.

BOTTOM 7TH: Melky Mesa draws a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph strikes out on a pitch barely over the outer edge of the plate. The speedy Mesa steals second on a 3-1 count, and Maruszak takes a walk to put runners on first and second for Trenton. Kruml grounds into a fielder’s choice, with Maruszak is out at second. Austin Krum lines a base hit to left field, and Mesa scores to tie the game at 1 run apiece.

Dowdy is removed from the game after allowing the run, and is replaces by Osiris Matos. Dowdy’s line: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.

Jose Pirela stares at strike three to end the inning.

TOP 8TH: Righthander Tim Norton comes out of the bullpen to relieve Naoya Okamoto. Okamoto’s line is 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB,1 K.

Joel Weeks knocks a base hit to shallow centerfield. Justin Christian whiffs at strike three for the first out, and Culberson flies out to centerfield. Flores hits it back to Norton, who tosses to Maruszak for the final out.

UPDATE FROM THE TRENTON TRAIN STATION: As per Josh Norris’s Twitter, Austin Romine has capped off his already-big day with a walk-off single to give the Thunder a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Brian Anderson, who came in for the Thunder in the top of the 10th, was credited with the win.




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