Results - Fall 2017  


 

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 2
Los Tigres 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 x 3 7 1

 

W: Angher Cespedes   L: Alex McEnaney 

 

Tigres Advance, Beat Thunder 3-1

2/11/2018 - The Thunder's season ended Sunday afternoon after losing to the Los Tigres in a close game at Santaluces. It was a rematch of last year's semi-finals, when the Thunder knocked off the Tigres in extra innings. 

 

The number two seeded Tigres won a tight pitcher's duel over the number 3 seeded Thunder at Santaluces. It was scoreless for five innings as Tigres' lefty Mikey Melendez, 2-0 in the regular season, and the Thunder's righty Erick Abreu, 4-1 in season play, matched zeros. However, Abreu hurt his pitching arm and left in favor of Alex McEnaney, who gave up three runs, one unearned, in the 6th to take the loss. Jimmy Efre, the third Thunder pitcher, was outstanding in relief, giving up no runs and only one hit, while fanning five in 2 2/3 innings. Anger (Angel) Cespedes, 2-0 regular season, went the next four for the win. 

 

The starters were brilliant. Melendez gave up three hits, walked two, struck out six. Abreu yielded two hits. both by Melendez, walked one and fanned eight. 

 

The Tigres opened the 6th on an infield error, Jesus Morillo singled in Rogelio Gutierrez, followed by an RBI hit by Cory Shaver and an RBI double by Luis Mejia. After Melendez got his third hit, and courtesy runner Alex Roberts stole second, Efre got the last two outs, leaving men at second and third. 

 

Alan Carey gave the Thunder some hope when he led off the 7th with a liner to right which took a wicked hop and went all the way to the fence for an inisde the park home run. Melendez led all hitters with a double and two singles. Mejia had two hits; Morillo and Shaver one each. Shawn Chiaramonte had a triple for the TMen. Efre, Erick Abreu and Greg Nicholson had a hit each, and Cary the inside the park homer. 


 

 

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Red Sox 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 2
Thunder 3 0 0 2 1 1 4 0 x 11 17 3

 

W: Erick Abreu   L: Gavillion 

Regular Season Ends With Win

2/4/2018 - The Thunder finished the regular season in 2nd place in the National Division with a 10-4 record, as they ended the Red Sox hopes of a playoff birth with an 11-2 win. 

 

In their final tune-up before a morning playoff game against the Los Tigres next Sunday, Thunder hitters banged out 17 hits that included three doubles and two triples. On the season, the team had an impressive .312 batting average and outscored their opponents 104-41.

 

Shawn Chiaramonte continued to pad his lead as the team hit leader, as his three singles and triple put him five hits ahead of Eric Gormley, with 21 through 14 games. Winning pitcher Erick Abreu helped himself again as he knocked in three runs with a single, double and triple. Garrett Rogers (2 RBI) followed suit with three singles of his own, while Ivany Valdes (2 RBI) ripped two singles himself. Greg Nicholson clubbed a triple in the 1st inning to knock in two, and added a single in the fifth. Eric Gormley and Roy Nino singled, and Jimmy Efre doubled in his last at bat in the 8th. 

 

Another game, another strong pitching performance by the Thunder pitching staff. Erick Abreu (4-1) tossed the first five to earn the win, as he scattered 4 hits, struck out eight and gave up an unearned run. For the season, Abreu struck out 68 batters in 40 innings and walked only six. Of the seven runs scored on him, 3 were earned, as he ended the regular season with a 0.68 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. Garrett Rogers pitched the last four innings. He struck out 3 and scattered six hits while allowing a run. 

 

The regular season doesn't mean much once playoffs roll around, but the Thunder hope to carry their hot hitting into the post season as they attempt to win their third championship. First up, a 9:30 AM matchup against the Los Tigres at Santaluces Sports Complex on February 11. 


 

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Thunder 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 x x 1 7 1
Beach Bums 0 2 0 5 0 0 x x x 7 12 0

 

W: N. Canete   L: Ivany Valdes 

Rematch of Championship Game a Dud

1/28/2018 -  Not much was happening for the Thunder in their afternoon game against the reigning champs, as the Beach Bums took care of business to clinch the division title.

 

After mauling the Los Tigres 14-4 in their morning game, the Bums offense continued firing on all cylinders as they banged out 12 hits over six innings. Ivany Valdes started for the Thunder on the hill. He managed a 1-2-3 first inning which included two strikeouts, but the wheels quickly came off in the second inning as he gave up a single, a 2-run homerun then walked the next two batters. Jimmy Efre relieved Valdes and escaped further damage, but in the 4th the Bums threw up five more runs while hitting 7 of their 12 hits in the inning. 

 

The Thunder stranded six runners on base, five of which were in scoring position, but truly didn't pose much of a threat to starter N. Canete. 

 

In the shortened game, Jimmy Efre led the way for the Thunder with two singles while Jorge Diaz clobbered a double to deep left-center field. Eric Gormley singled home the lone run, while Shawn Chiaramonte, Eslavy Betancourt and Roy Nino added singles. 

 

The regular season ends next Sunday as the team gets a final tune-up against the Red Sox, before playing the Los Tigres in the first round of the playoffs on February 11, 2018. 


 

 

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Thunder 0 1 6 0 0 3 2 0 x 12 12 1
Mets 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 1 2 5

 

W: Louie Napoleon   L: Ry Romero 

Thunder Score Early, Cruise Past Mets

1/28/2018 - In the morning game of their doubleheader, the Thunder banged out 12 hits and played solid defense as they handled the Mets at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 

 

For the second week in a row, Thunder pitching 2-hit thier opponent. For not pitching in a long time, Jake Haded started the game and despite a rusty performance, he showed promise for future outings. Hadad faced nine and struck out two, and allowed an unearned run. Veteran Louie Napoleon relieved Hadad and tossed the last 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. Napoleon walked four, struck out one but scattered only two hits and no runs. 

 

Shawn Chiaramonte continued his hot hitting as he singled twice and doubled home a run. Chris Snyder singled and doubled home a run as well, while Jimmy Efre (RBI) tripled. Lee Doloff smashed a double deep down the left field line to knock in a run, and Eric Gormley (RBI), Eslavy Betancourt, Alan Carey (RBI), Jorge Diaz and Ivany Valdes each singled. 


 

 

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Piranha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
Thunder 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 x 7 9 2

 

W: Erick Abreu   L: Mike Wassong 

Abreu & Efre 2-Hit Piranha

1/21/2018 - Erick Abreu struck out 12 over seven innings, and Jimmy Efre tossed a pair of clean innings to finish the game, as the Thunder climbed to 8-3 on the fall season. 

 

Erick Abreu (3-1) fired two hit shut-out ball over seven innings, and collected three hits, including a double to drive in two runs at Santaluces. Abreu walked only one and struck out twelve. The only hits he allowed were a fourth inning bloop single and a 7th inning double, both by Drew Davis. Jimmy Efre blanked the Piranha over the last two hitless innings, and posted one strikeout. 

 

Shawn Chiaramonte lashed a double and knocked in two runs, and Alan Carey doubled in another. Jimmy Efre had a pair of singles, and Roy Nino and Greg Nicholson added one hit apiece. 

 

The Thunder scored all seven of their runs off Piranha started Mike Wassong (5 IP), who has battled injuries all season. He gave up eight hits and six earned runs. He also walked six and struck out eight. Fern Canas worked the last three shutout innings, giving up one hit and fanning one. 

 

Three games remain on the fall season, including a doubleheader next Sunday agains National Division foes, Mets and Beach Bums. 


 

 

 

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 7 2
Rowdy Boyz 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 x 4 6 0

 

W: Luis Gonzalez   L: Ivany Valdes 

Big Hit Missing For Thunder

1/14/2018 - Rowdy Boyz RHP Luis Gonzalez escaped bases loaded twice as the Thunder were unable to do much against the soft tossing veteran, as he stranded seven Thunder baserunners Sunday morning at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 

 

Unable to make adjustments at the plate, Thunder hitters were unable to take advantage of the five walks issued by Gonzalez, or bases loaded in the 5th and 8th innings. Add a couple errors and some lackadaisical base running, and it just wasn't meant to be for the Thunder in a very winnable game. 

 

Rudy Plasencia had three of the seven team hits, as he singled twice and swatted a double. The other four hits were singles by Roy Nino (RBI), Eslavy Betancourt, the hot hitting Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) and Greg Nicholson

 

Thunder starter Ivany Valdes was a bit shaky on the mound in this one, as he walked 4 through two innings, gave up three hits and was charged with three earned runs. In the 3rd, Valdes gave up a lead-off double then hit the next batter. With nobody out, Erick Abreu relieved Valdes without much warm-up but pitched the next six innings and kept the Thunder close as he struck out 13 batters while allowing only 1 earned run. 

 

The team remains in second place after the loss with a 7-3 record, but the Los Tigres (5-3) are climbing the standings quickly. 

 

An afternoon matchup against the dangerous Piranha (3-5-1) awaits the Thunder this Sunday at Santaluces. 


 

 

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Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x x 0 2 3
Thunder 0 8 0 0 0 5 x x x 13 10 1

 

W: Ivany Valdes   L: R. Gibbard 

Thunder Run-Rule Mets

1/7/2018 - Roy Nino and Ivany Valdes combined efforts as they shut out the Mets, allowing only two hits as the Thunder improved to 7-2 on the fall season. 

 

Mets starter R. Gibbard left in the second inning with an apparent arm injury and was relieved by A. Gutilla. Already down 3-0, Gutilla had control problems and was pulled after walking three of the four batters he faced. T. McManus relieved Gutilla but the damage was done as the T-Men scored 8 runs in the inning. McManus kept the Thunder in check for the next three innings, but the final daggers were thrown when the team added five runs in the 6th inning to take a 13-0 lead. Unable to muster any runs in the top of the 7th, the game was called due to the 12-run mercy rule. 

 

Nino tossed two clean frames before loading the bases in the third inning. Valdes improved to 2-0 on the season, as he got out of the inning without allowing a run, then threw four more scoreless innings while allowing only two hits. 

 

Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) singled twice, doubled and tripled to lead the team with four hits. The other big story was a grand slam by Eric Gormley (4 RBI) in the second inning, which put the game out of reach. Roy Nino (2 RBI) singled and smashed a double to deep left field, Louie Napoleon doubled to deep center field, Rudy Plasencia singled and earned an RBI on a bases loaded walk and new comer Ron Clayton singled in his debut. Jimmy Efre and Ivany Valdes also earned RBI's on walks with the bases loaded. 

 

Next up, a morning game against the Rowdy Boyz at Santaluces on January 14th. 


 

 

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 11 2
Tigres 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 6 10 3

 

W: Angher Cespedes   L: Jimmy Efre 

Tigres Nip Thunder in 10th

12/17/2017 - The Tigres rallied from a 5-2 deficit and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning when Chase Compton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. 

 

Despite missing both of their aces on the mound, the Thunder hung tough against the Los Tigres Sunday afternoon at West Boynton Beach. Early on, a 2-0 Tigres lead felt almost insurmountable as the offense struggled with only three hits through five innings. But things quickly changed in the top of the 6th, as the Thunder bats came alive, scoring five runs on five hits to take a 5-2 lead. The Thunder were unable to capitlize on a bases loaded 7th inning, which ended up being costly as the Tigres would add runs in the 7th and 8th inning to tie the game, then the game winner in the bottom of the 10th. 

 

Luis Beltran, an infielder by trade nowadays, tossed the first 4 innings for the T-Men. For not pitching in years, Beltran (22 BF, 5 BB, 4 K, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) did a decent job despite battling some control issues. Last week's hero, Ivany Valdes, tossed the next three innings but was left in two batters too long in a decision that will bother Coach Mike Soulen the entire holiday break. "My gut and my eyes told me to let Efre (Jimmy) start the 8th inning, but my heart wanted to see him (Valdes) get through one more," Soulen said. Valdes allowed one run in the 7th, but he walked the first man he faced in the 8th, then the Tigres lead-off man clobbered a triple to deep CF. Jimmy Efre relieved Valdes and struck out the first batter he faced. He got the next batter to fly out, but it was deep enough for the speedy Roberts to score from 3B, tying the game. Efre would be the tough-luck loser, as the Tigres took advantage of an error in the bottom of the 10th and eventually won the game on a walk-off-hit-by-pitch. 

 

Eric Gormley ripped three singles to lead the team offensively, while Eslavy Betancourt (2 RBI) and Rudy Plasencia followed with two singles each. Jimmy Efre's return to the team after a 4 year break was announced firmly in the top of the 1st as he led off the game with a double that was clobbered down the left field line. Home from break, Duane Cyr smashed a double while Alan Carey (RBI) and Luis Beltran (2 RBI) each singled. 

 

After the holiday break, the Thunder will resume action on January 7 with a morning game against division rival Mets at the friendly confines of Dyer Park. 


 

 

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Thunder 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 9 18 9
Athletics 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 6 8 6

 

W: Ivany Valdes   S: Eslavy Betancourt   

L: Josh Mowrey 

Next Man Up

12/10/2017 - Ivany Valdes took the mound Sunday morning and unexpectedly tossed 7 2/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season. 

 

The Thunder offense tallied another double-digit hit day as they banged out 18 hits against league veteran Josh Mowrey, who pitched all nine for the A's. Three players had three hits apiece - Lee Doloff (three singles), Roy Nino (two singles, double) and Eric Gormley (two singles, double, 2 RBI). Shawn Chiaramonte singled twice and knocked in a run while Jorge Diaz (RBI) singled twice as well. Jake Hadad returned to action and singled while driving in a run with a sacrifice fly. Greg Nicholson and Eslavy Betancourt added singles, as well as Ivany Valdes who also had an RBI sac fly. Alan Carey smacked a crucial double in the 9th inning which drove in two important insurance runs. 

 

RHP Ivany Valdes made his first start of the season, and it was a good one. With only a handful of relief outings under his belt, Valdes scattered six hits through 7 2/3 IP, while striking out 8 and walking three. He gave up only 1 earned run out of five, as the cold weather affected the Thunder defense, which made 9 errors. 

 

After two quick outs in the 8th, Valdes ran out of gas as he walked the next two batters. Jorge Diaz relieved Valdes and induced a ground ball out of the two-hitter, ending the A's threat. In the course of doing so, Diaz re-injured his arm, and wasn't able to record an out in the 9th inning as he gave up two singles. Eslavy Betancourt then entered the game and earned the save, as he faced 4 batters while yielding no hits. 

 

A 1:30 PM division game at West Boynton against the Los Tigres is on tap for next Sunday. 


 

 

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Scores 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 4 2
Thunder 3 2 3 0 0 1 3 2 x 14 15 5

 

W: Eslavy Betancourt       L: A. Link 

Thunder Cruise Past Scores

12/3/2017 - The Thunder banged out 15 hits against the first year Scores team to improve to 5-1. 

 

Eslavy Betancourt continued his hot hitting as he singled twice and knocked in two with a double down the left field line. He also picked up the win on the mound, as he tossed a scoreless fifth inning while striking out two. Shawn Chiaramonte (2 RBI) singled twice and doubled, while Greg Nicholson (RBI) also added three hits himself, all singles. Rudy Plasencia singled twice, while Roy Nino (3 SB), Jorge Diaz (RBI) and Ivany Valdes (3 RBI) each had a base knock. Eric Gormley pitched in with an RBI fielder's choice while Lee Doloff walked and scored twice. 

 

Pitching was a team effort, as five Thunder players took the mound. Lee Doloff started the game and pitched the first three innings, scattering four hits and left with an 8-2 lead. Roy Nino faced six batters in the inning he pitched, walking one and striking out one. Eslavy Betancourt picked up the win after tossing a scoreless 5th, and he was followed by Ivany Valdes (2 IP, 11 BF, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 H, 0 R) and Louie Napoleon (1 IP, 5 BF, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 H, 0 R). 

 

The team will visit the Athletics (1-4) next Sunday morning at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach, FL. 


 

 

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Diamondbacks 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 x 4 6 2

 

W: Ken Silvestri       L: Erick Abreu 

Pumpkin-Pie-Coma Costs Thunder

11/26/2017 - Hungover from the Thanksgiving holiday, the Thunder were blanked Sunday morning at West Boynton Park.

  

The Diamondbacks scored an unearned run in the 2nd, then three more (1 earned) in the 6th against starter Erick Abreu. Abreu (6 IP, 26 BF, 1 BB, 6 K, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER) pitched well but was let down by errors, miscues and a lifeless offense, that really didn't put much pressure on starter Ken Silvestri, who improved to 3-0 on the season. Ivany Valdes tossed the last two innings for the Thunder, and struck out one while not allowing any runs. 

 

Alan Carey apparently doesn't like Pumpkin Pie, as he ripped a single and double to account for two of the six Thunder hits, in addition to leading the team in hits through five games. Chris Snyder knocked off some rust by smashing a double to left-center field, while Eric Gormley, Ivany Valdes and Jorge Diaz each singled. 

 

The Beach Bums remained unbeaten in the National Division as they blanked the Sugar Kings, so the Thunder dropped to second place with 10 games left in the season. (Top 4 in the division make the playoffs)

 

Next up - an afternoon game next Sunday against the Scores (0-4), at Seminole Palms Park in Royal Palm Beach, FL. 


 

 

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Sugar Kings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
Thunder 2 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 10 17 1

 

W: Erick Abreu       L: Oscar B. 

 

Abreu Hurls Complete Game Shutout

11/19/2017 - The Thunder improved to 4-0 as they blanked the Sugar Kings Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

 

The Thunder offense was on fire for the first five innings of the game, as the team scored 10 runs and banged out 17 hits. Every Thunder player had at least one hit, with four players registering multiple hit games.

 

Lead off man Eric Gormley ignited the offense as he singled three times, scored three times and knocked in two. Louie Napoleon (RBI) also had three singles, while Alan Carey singled twice and smashed a double, knocking in one. Eslavy Betancourt continued his hot hitting with two more singles, as Greg Nicholson (2 RBI), Erick Abreu, Shawn Chiaramonte, Lee Doloff (RBI) and newcomer Matt Sergey added singles of their own, and Roy Nino pitched in with a double to deep right-center field. 

 

What could easily be forgotten in the blowout, was the stellar pitching peformance by Erick Abreu, who improved to 2-0 on the season. Abreu tossed a complete game shutout as he scattered nine hits while striking out 14 and walking one. Of the 16 innings pitched so far, Abreu has struck out 29 batters while registering a 0.56 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. 

 

A matchup against the 3-1 Diamondbacks is set for next Sunday in a morning game at West Boynton (Park Vista). The D'Backs are averaging 8.5 runs per game through the first four games of the season, which will test the Thunder pitching staff. 

 


  

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Young Bucks 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 x x 2 2 3
Thunder 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 x x 5 9 2

 

W: Erick Abreu       L: Danilo Quezala 

 

Abreu Strikes Out 10 in Thunder Win

11/12/2017 - The rain held off long enough as the Thunder beat the Young Bucks at Roger Dean Stadium Sunday morning to improve to 3-0.

 

Veteran Lee Doloff made his season debut on the mound as he tossed the first three innings. Doloff fought some rust as he walked three batters, but he struck out two while yielding two hits and one earned run. With a 4-2 lead, RHP Erick Abreu entered the game in the 4th inning and shut down any hope of a Young Bucks comeback as he struck out 10 through the next four innings. Abreu picked up his first win, as he gave up no hits and the only baserunner came from a throwing error after striking out a batter. 

 

Rudy Plasencia (RBI) and Eslavy Betancourt (RBI) led the Thunder offense with two singles apiece. Alan Carey, Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) and John Dolan each doubled, while Eric Gormley (RBI) and Erick Abreu added singles of their own. Roy Nino chipped in with a RBI ground out in the bottom of the 4th, knocking in the Thunder's fifth and final run. 

 

With a 5-2 lead in the top of the 8th, the skies opened up and the game was called. 

 

The Thunder take on the Cuban Sugar Kings (2-1) in an afternoon tilt next Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium. 

 


 

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Athletics 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 6
Thunder 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 7 6 1

 

W: Chris Kirk       L: Shapiro 

 

Fateful 8th Inning Costs Athletics

10/22/2017 - With the A's leading 3-2 in the eighth inning, the wheels came flying off as the Thunder scored 5 runs without registering a hit in the inning. 

 

The Thunder started the game off on the right foot, scoring two in the bottom of the 1st inning. Shawn Chiaramonte reached base on an error and advanced to second on a ground out. Greg Nicholson then ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Chiaramonte. Nicholson then appeared to get hung out to dry, leaving early to steal 3B, but Josh Mowrey's throw was off target to third and Nicholson scored the second run of the inning. 

 

Unphased, the Athletics answered with three runs of their own in the top of the second. In addition to two singles and a double, the A's took advantage of two passed balls and a wild pitch from starter Jorge Diaz, as the Thunder gave up their short-lived lead. Adding insult to a rough inning, Diaz couldn't continue on the mound as the elbow pain he suffered last season came back. 

 

Lefty Chris Kirk, pitching in his final regular season game, took over on the mound for the Thunder and tossed 6 shutout innings, as he struck out five and gave up only one hit. He earned his second win of the season, while Shaun Garceau struck out one and tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning. 

 

The A's held their 3-2 lead into the 8th inning, an inning the team hopes they can quickly forget. The Thunder scored five times without a hit, as the A's walked five, made three errors and uncorked four wild pitches. Thunder hitters did put the ball into play twice in the inning - the first a sacrifice bunt after a lead-off walk, then later when Shaun Garceau hit a ball that somehow went through the SS. 

 

At the plate, newcomer Eslavy Betancourt knocked off three years of rust by singling twice, while Greg Nicholson (RBI) had two hits as well, with a double and single. Lee Doloff and Shaun Garceau (RBI) added singles while Jorge Diaz laid down a sacrifice bunt that seemed to ignite the 8th inning scoring. 

 

As mentioned earlier, Chris Kirk played in his final regular season fall game as he will be moving back to Philadelphia in the coming weeks. The team hopes to see him again, perhaps for the playoffs or again in the future, as they will miss his presence on the mound and in the dugout. During his brief tenure with the Thunder, Kirk was one of the best pitchers in the league, compiling a 6-2 record through eight starts. His 1.83 ERA and 0.96 WHIP will be tough to replace. 

 

Good luck with everything Chris!  

 


  

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Thunder 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 8 10 4
Blades 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 9 3

 

W: Chris Kirk       L: Joshua Rivera 

 

Thunder Handle Blades in Fall Opener

10/15/2017 - In a morning game at Santaluces, the Thunder knocked off the American League Champion Cuban Blades in their season opener.

 

Offensively, the Thunder took advantage of 7 walks and an unusual below-average performance by Blades starting pitcher Joshua Rivera, as two big innings paved the way for the team’s first win of the fall season.

 

In the 3rd, the Thunder plated two runs and loaded the bases with two outs. Rudy Plasencia then stepped to the plate and crushed a double to left-center field which cleared the bases and gave the team a 5-2 lead. Starter Rivera would be lifted during the next batter, and was charged with the loss after only pitching 2 2/3 innings.

 

In the 5th, with a run already across and runners on base with two outs again. Alan Carey ripped a single, driving in two more runs. On the day, Carey led the team with three hits, as he singled twice and doubled during the team’s big 3rd inning.

 

Two of the four runs scored by the Blades were earned, as Thunder pitching worked around four errors. Starter Chris Kirk (6 IP, 27 BF 3 R, 1 ER) picked up the win, as he struck out five while scattering seven hits through six innings. Newcomer Erick Abreu played solid defense and swung the bat well, then tossed the last three innings, striking out 5 while giving up two weak hits.

 

Aside from the three hits by Alan Carey (2 RBI) and the double by Rudy Plasencia (3 RBI), Eric Gormley and Erick Abreu singled while Anthony Siderio and Roy Nino (RBI) each added two hits apiece.

 

The team plays the Athletics (0-1) next Sunday morning at West Boynton Park.  

 

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