Saturday, August 6, 2011

Trenton makes bad plays, Akron takes

By Nick Marsico (Philadelphia, PA)

The smell of hotdogs and the sight of jovial faces — despite the dreary weather — made it the perfect day to report on a baseball game.

We were covering the Trenton Thunder play the Ackron Aeros at Waterfront Park in nearby Trenton. After two losses to the Aeros in their series, the Thunder were looking to even the score.

The game came very close to more innings, but the Aeros scored the go-ahead run when Juan Diaz hit a solo home run at the top of the ninth inning to give the Aeros a 3-2 win.

Earlier in the game, things were looking bad for the Thunder when Aeros scored two runs at the top of the second inning. However, the Thunder returned with a tie in the seventh inning, setting the stage for a victory that would not come.

While batting, Thunder centerfielder Melky Mesa advanced to third base by a sacrifice bunt hit by catcher Jose Gil. Thunder outfielder Damon Sublett lined a triple to right center field that allowed Mesa to have a RBI. First baseman Addison Maruszak hit a sacrifice fly out to right field that scored and tied the game 2-2.

The Thunder’s hopes were dashed when Diaz crushed the ball deep into centerfield and it never returned to the ballpark, placing the Aeros ahead 3-2. The rest of the game, the Thunder could not make a comeback and the Aeros’ Cory Burns pitched a perfect ninth to enclose his team’s victory.

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