Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Luis Nunez smacked a three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to give the Trenton Thunder a 8-6 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field.
Doubleheader games in the minor leagues are supposed to last only seven innings. But, with the score tied 5-5, the Sea Dogs stranded runners in scoring position in four of their last six innings. Ray Chang doubled in Anthony Rizzo for a run in the bottom of the 10th, but that was all for Portland.
Earlier in the game, Nate Spears hit a solo home run and Ryan Kalish swatted a two-run homer for the Sea Dogs.
The second game will start just past 4:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are playing in Philadelphia again tonight. Jacoby Ellsbury, who played two rehab games for the Sea Dogs this past week, is batting leadoff for Boston. Kevin Youkilis is sitting while David Ortiz plays first base (no DH in the National League city).
Here is the Red Sox lineup: Ellsbury CF; Pedroia 2B; Drew RF; Ortiz 1B; Beltre 3B; Hermida LF; Varitek C; Scutaro SS; Matsuzaka P
I'll check back after Game 2.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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