South Jersey Baseball:
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
By Dan Loney
Matt DeSalvo tossed eight shutout innings of one-hit baseball as the Thunder beat Reading, 11-2, on Wednesday night in Eastern League play. DeSalvo has now worked 15 consecutive scoreless innings.
DeSalvo (3-1), who blanked Bowie over seven innings six days ago, allowed just a bunt hit to Reading SS Carlos Leon in the 3rd Inning. But a double play erased that runner. In fact, DeSalvo faced the minimum amount of batters over eight innings (24). He tied his career high in strikeouts with 11 in the game.
Meanwhile, Trenton (17-17) took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd Inning on a solo homer by DH Dee Brown. They added a pair of runs off Reading starter Mike Smith thanks to a sacrifice fly by CF Melky Cabrera and an RBI single from 1B Shelley Duncan. Cabrera registered three RBI without a hit in the game. Smith (1-4) allowed three runs over six innings, but took the loss.
The Thunder broke the game open against the Reading bullpen, collecting four runs in the 7th and 8th Innings apiece. After an RBI ground out by Cabrera, Shelley Duncan delivered an RBI single for a 5-0 advantage. Brown lashed a two-run double to right that put the Thunder ahead, 7-0. Andy Cannizaro added a two-run double in the four-run 8th Inning to close out the scoring.
Reading (14-19) avoided the shutout scoring twice in the 9th Inning.
The series concludes on Thursday at 7:05 PM. Danny Borrell (1-0, 5.40) starts for the Thunder against Reading's Seung Hak Lee (2-0, 2.74)