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Southern Division Top the Northern Division 5-3 in 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game from Waterfront

July 15, 2009 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder News Release

(Trenton, NJ)- Altoona Designated Hitter Jason Delaney had the go-ahead RBI single, and the Southern Division topped the Northern Division 5-3 on Wednesday night in the 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game from Waterfront Park. Bowie Second baseman Miguel Abreu won the MILB Top Award as part of a post-game awards presentation. Abreu went 2 x 4 in the game with two runs and two stolen bases.

With the game tied 3-3 in the eighth inning, the Southen Division scored a two-out run to take the lead. With two outs, and Akron Left fielder Nick Weglarz on second base, Delaney singled to center field. Weglarz came home to score go-ahead run. In the 9th inning, Right fielder Michael Taylor connected on a one-out RBI single to score Abreu to extend the lead to 5-3.

The Southern Division scored three runs in the top of the third inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. All the runs were scored with two outs in the game, as five consecutive Southern Division batters reached base. Abreu singled and scored the first run of the contest on an RBI double by Erie Left fielder Deik Scram. After a walk to Reading Right fielder Michael Taylor, Akron Catcher Carlos Santana was hit by a pitch. Harrisburg Left fielder Marvin Lowrance followed with a two-run single to give the Southern Division a 3-0 lead.

The Northern Division chipped away at the lead with a run in the bottom of the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning. Shortstop Eduardo Nunez had an RBI single to score New Hampshire Catcher Brian Jeroloman to make it a 3-1 lead. In the fourth inning, the Northern Division scored two runs to tie the game at 3-3. Center fielder Rene Tosoni walked and moved to second base on a walk by Right fielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve. Binghamton Left fielder D.J. Wabick doubled to score Tosoni to cut the lead to 3-2. Later in the frame, Second baseman Brock Bond drove home the tying run with an RBI groundout.

Reading Pitcher Vance Worley pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the win in the game. Binghamton Reliever Roy Merritt took the loss by allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Akron Pitcher Carlton Smith, a native of nearby Piscataway, NJ., picked up the save by retiring New Britain Center fielder Rene Tosoni for the final out of the game.

All of Trenton's seven all-stars participated in the game. Nunez went 2 x 3 with an RBI, and Shortstop Reegie Corona went 1 x 2. Thunder Catcher Jesus Montero went 2 x 2, and Designated Hitter Jorge Vazquez wen 0 x 3. Trenton Pitchers Zach McAllister, who started the game, Josh Schmidt and Michael Dunn each pitched one scoreless inning in the game.

The Thunder start a four-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs (Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) on Thursday night. . LHP Jeremy Bleich (0-3, 6.00) will start for Trenton against Portland LHP Felix Doubront (5-2, 3.57). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.


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