I ended up missing the second and third games of the ELDS due to a hectic week and major allergies that are making my sinuses unbearable. So, here is a quick recap to get you up to speed as we wait for the Thunder to face off against Harrisburg for the Eastern League Championship later this week. Game 2 - Trenton beat Binghamton 2-1: Ramon Flores helped Trenton break through in the the bottom of the third, lining a triple to center and scoring on a sac fly by Zoilo Almonte, who was beginning his rehab stint with Trenton. Josh Rodriguez used one hit to tie the game, homering in the top of the fifth. The game stayed tied through the sixth, but Trenton took the lead for good in the seventh. Mason Williams lined a single to center and scored on a double by Ali Castillo. Trenton pitching sat down the next fourteen batters after Rodriguez, issuing one two-out walk in the top of the ninth before taking the 2-1 victory.
Flores went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple. Williams went 2-3 with a run scored and Jose Pirela, Castillo and Roller each picked up one hit. Almonte went 0-2 with an RBI. Mikey O'Brien allowed just a pair of hits, but walked five in his six innings. He struck out four and gave up a run. Zach Nuding threw two hitless innings, picking up a pair of Ks, while Tommy Kahnle got the save with a hitless ninth. He struck out two and walked one.
Game 3 - Trenton beat Binghamton 3-0: With a chance to sweep Binghamton in the best of five series, Trenton looked like they were going to start things off with a bang on Friday. Flores and Almonte started the day with back-to-back singles, but the next three batters went down in order. After four scoreless innings, the Thunder got on the board in the fifth. Castillo knocked a double to left with two outs and Flores drew a walk. A single by Almonte plated Castillo and Pirela reached on an error that scored Flores and gave Trenton a 2-0 lead. Binghamton loaded the bases in the sixth, but Pat Venditte came in to strike out Darrell Cecilliani and end the threat. In the seventh, Reegie Corona doubled and moved to third on a single by Castillo. He scored when Flores hit into a double play, giving the Thunder a little insurance as they went on to win 3-0, sending them into the ELCS.
Almonte went 3-4 with a RBI and is hitting .500 in the postseason. Corona and Castillo both went 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Flores, Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin all went 1-4. Shane Greene pitched a scoreless 5.2 innings, despite giving up five hits and four walks. He struck out five. Branden Pinder pitched 1.2 innings, allowing four hits and striking out three, while Danny Burawa went 1.1 and gave up two hits and struck out three.
The Thunder got the weekend off and will meet Harrisburg for the Championship series, starting on Tuesday night in Trenton.