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Rehabbing Granderson, Phelps lead Thunder to big win over Harrisburg

Granderson triples, Phelps throws four innings of one-run ball
07/31/2013 10:50 AM ET
By Trenton Thunder Media Relations

Curtis Granderson walked and tripled in Trenton's 11-3 win on Tuesday.(David Fenster)
TRENTON, NJ – Curtis Granderson and David Phelps made a dual MLB rehab appearance for Trenton in the Thunder’s 11-3 win over the Harrisburg Senators Tuesday night.

Granderson finished 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk in four plate appearances and didn’t have a chance to make a play in the field in seven full innings of work. Phelps meanwhile started the game and tossed four innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts for the no-decision.

Granderson turned on a pitch and ripped a fastball to rightfield leading-off the 5th inning. It was a ball that Harrisburg right fielder Destin Hood dove for and came up several feet short of catching. The ball got past him to the wall, and Granderson would scamper around the bases with a feet-first slide with the triple.

Offensively, Trenton was paced by Kyle Roller’s 5-RBI night and Jose Pirela’s two hits in his return from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Roller belted his 13th home run of the season that carried deep into the Trenton night, and carried down the Delaware River to pad Trenton’s already-large lead in the 8th inning. The homer made an 8-3 game into the 11-3 final that 6,378 fans enjoyed.

Earlier in the ballgame, Roller dug-in with the bases loaded and Trenton leading 4-1 in the 7th inning. His single through the hole in the right side off lefty Pat McCoy plated a pair of runners and allowed breathing room for the Thunder pitchers the rest of the way. Trenton’s five-run 7th inning turned a 3-1 lead into an 8-1 cushion.

Pirela had two hits in a 2-for-4 performance after playing five games with the RailRiders. His single in the 1st inning spotted Trenton a 1-0 lead, and he would proceed to score a pair of runs and steal a pair of bags the rest of the ballgame. Pirela was one of five Thunder batters to finish the game with a pair of hits in Trenton’s 13-hit outburst.

Shane Greene finished the game in relief of Phelps by allowing two runs in five innings with five strikeouts and five hits allowed. The two runs he allowed came in the top of the 8th inning on Jimmy VanOstrand’s two-run double after Trenton had already staked him to an 8-1 lead. The win moves Greene’s record to 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA this season in Trenton.

The Thunder and Senators battle in the second of three games in Wednesday’s matinee at ARM & HAMMER Park. Wednesday’s ballgame begins at 12:05 p.m. and features LHP Nik Turley (8-5, 4.23) for the Thunder facing the Harrisburg Senators RHP A.J. Cole (1-0, 1.29). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and streaming online begins at 11:45 a.m.

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