Results - Spring 2013 (18AA) 


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8-4aGators Nip Thunder in 12th To Capture Third Crown 

9/8/2013 – Nine innings weren’t enough to crown a champion Sunday morning as it took 3 extra frames for the Gators to beat the Thunder 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel at the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana, FL.
In the top of the third, Steve Arnold singled and was moved to second base by a sacrifice bunt by Jason Russianoff. John Dolan followed with a single down the left field line that scored Arnold giving the Thunder an early 1-0 lead. The Gators answered with one run of their own in the fifth inning, but the game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the 12th inning. Gators pinch hitter Carlos Penagos led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a ground out. The Thunder intentionally walked Yordon Guasques to set up a double play, but ended up hitting Eduardo Del Toro to load the bases. With two strikes on clean-up hitter Carlos Espinosa, a high pitch popped out of the glove of Russianoff and Junior Gazquez (pinch running for Carlos Penagos) raced toward the plate. Russianoff’s throw and the tag by pitcher Alex McEnaney appeared to beat Gazquez but he was called safe and the Thunder season abruptly ended.
The game ended on a bad call, but the Thunder had plenty of chances to put the game away as the usually reliable Thunder offense (.316 BA) couldn’t come up with a big hit like they had done so many times during the season. The top five hitters for the Thunder were a combined 1-20 on the day, stranded ten base runners, six of which were in scoring position and left the bases loaded twice – including the 8th inning with no outs.  
Lefty Jeff Tomlinson scattered five hits and struck out five as he pitched 7 strong innings in what may have been his last NABA appearance. On the year, Tomlinson went 7-0 with a 1.41 ERA but pitched most of the second part of the season in pain which may lead to retirement, or hopefully just a reduced workload. RHP Alex McEnaney (1-1, 14.44 K/G) threw great as well, striking out four in 4 1/3 innings, but was the tough luck loser giving up the unearned winning run.



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8-4aThunder Advance to Championship Game 

8/25/2013 – The Semi-Final game against the Nationals didn’t start off well for the Thunder. RHP Jimmy Efre threw a 1-2-3 first inning then was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the first. Efre was struck on his throwing elbow and was unable to continue on the mound which pushed Alex McEnaney into action much earlier than expected. McEnaney (1-0) gave a stellar performance (6 IP, 25 BF, 1 BB, 11 K, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER) which may have been lost in the shuffle as the Thunder run-ruled the Nationals in 7th inning which ended the game early.
The Thunder knocked out the Nationals starter after 2 and 1/3 innings by scoring six quick runs. Playing in their second game of the day, the Nationals simply ran out of pitching as they turned to field players the rest of the way.
Louie Napoleon (5 RBI’s) led the Thunder offense with a single, double and a three-run homer in the 7th inning. Chris Snyder banged out three singles, Steve Arnold (5 RBI’s) singled twice and had a sac fly and Rudy Plasencia smashed a double and walked three times. Eric Morales, Jason Russianoff (RBI), John Dolan (2 RBI) and winning pitcher Alex McEnaney each singled.
The Thunder (14-4-1) play the North Division winning Gators (17-3) on September 8th, 2013 for the league championship at 9:30 AM, at the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana, FL.



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8-4aThunder beat Leones to Advance to Semifinal Game 

8/25/2013 – Veteran lefty Jeff Tomlinson tossed a complete game 2-hitter as the Thunder won their morning playoff game against the Leones at the Cardinal practice fields at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The win was the seventh for Tomlinson, who is undefeated on the season with a minuscule 1.43 ERA.
There wasn’t much offense for either side as the game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning, but things unraveled quickly for the Leones as the Thunder sent 10 players to the plate as they scored six runs. Leones starting pitcher Alex Marine walked two batters and gave up two hits in the inning, but the inning was fueled by three errors by the usually sure handed Leones third baseman. Tomlinson didn’t allow the Leones an opportunity for a comeback as he kept the team hitless over the last four innings of the game.
Jimmy Efre (two singles) and Jason Russianoff (single, double) led the Thunder offense with two hits apiece while Jeff Tomlinson (RBI) and Louie Napoleon (RBI) added singles.



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8-4aRegular Season Ends With Thunder Loss 

8/18/2013 – In the second game of the day, a seven inning make-up game, twelve hits weren’t enough as the Thunder fell to the Dodgers.
Back from New York for a visit with family, LHP Ethan Root made a cameo appearance as he threw the first five innings, the fifth possibly being one too many. Having not pitched since late May, Root (3-1) held the Dodgers scoreless through the first four, but things fell apart for the Thunder in the 5th as the Dodgers scored five runs – fueled by an error, three walks, three hits and a scattering of wild pitches and passed balls.
Dodgers pitcher Brent Forbes skated in and out of trouble a few times during the shortened game, but despite giving up 12 hits Forbes earned a complete game victory. Offensively, four Thunder players each singled twice  – Jimmy Efre, Jeff Tomlinson (RBI), Jason Russianoff and Steve Arnold. Chris Snyder, Rudy Plasencia, Luke Bradford each singled while Ethan Root added a double.
Alex McEnaney (2 K) pitched the sixth and kept the Dodgers in-check, but the Thunder were unable to rally in their final regular season tune-up.
The playoffs being next Sunday at the Cardinals practice fields at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Thunder will host either the Nationals or Leones at 9:30 AM, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals at 1:30 PM.



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8-4aThunder Clinch Division  

8/18/2013 – Jeff Tomlinson (1.50 ERA) remained undefeated as the Thunder beat the Gators to clinch the division Sunday morning at the practice fields at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
Although the Gators mailed this one in by pitching position players, and the game didn’t mean much to both clubs because each had secured a playoff spot – the win gave the Thunder the top seed in the South Division. On the day, the Thunder offense had 10 hits and took advantage of a sloppy Gator defense. Leading the way was Jimmy Efre (single, triple, 2 RBI), Jeff Tomlinson (two singles) and Chris Snyder (two singles, RBI), all with two hits apiece. Rudy Plasencia doubled, Alex McEnaney and Luke Bradford singled and birthday boy Brent Kraft added an RBI single.
Tomlinson (3 BB, 5 K, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER) tossed the first five and turned the game over to Jimmy Efre with a one-run lead. Efre (3-1) shut down any dreams of a Gators comeback as the threw three scoreless innings. The game ended after the 8th inning due to the 3-hour time limit.



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8-11bThunder Fall To Marlins 

8/11/2013 – The Thunder came up on the wrong side of a one-run game again as the team lost another shortened game by a score of 8-7, in a brutally hot Sunday morning game at Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.
Lefty Jeff Tomlinson struck out five and gave up seven hits through seven innings, but was admittedly out of whack today as he yielded 7 runs, five of which were earned. Most of the damage was done early as the Marlins scored four in the 1st inning and another in the second inning. The Thunder took the lead after scoring four in the 4th inning and two more in the 5th inning, but the lead was short lived as the Marlins scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a one run lead. The Thunder tied the game in the 8th inning – With one out, Shane Farnsworth singled and eventually scored after singles by Jimmy Efre and Jeff Tomlinson (RBI).
With the 3-hour game time limit approaching, the Marlins came to bat in the bottom of the 8th against RHP Jimmy Efre. Shaun Gullet led off the inning with a single. Tony Cruz lined out to John Dolan in centerfield, who threw to Tomlinson at first to try and double-off Gullet, but the one-hopper couldn’t be scooped and Gullet safely returned to the bag. Marlins lead-off man Ethan Perla hit a high chopper to Alex McEnaney at second base, who made a nice play to force out Gullet at second for the second out of the inning. Orionny Lopez, who was lifted for a pinch hitter in the 6th inning, reentered the game to face Efre. Early in the count, the speedy Perla took off toward second on a steal attempt and a passed ball allowed him to not only take second, but advance to third. With two strikes, Lopez singled up the middle to score the game winning run.
Jimmy Efre (three singles) led the Thunder offense with three hits while Alex McEnaney (single, double, 3 RBI) Jeff Tomlinson (two singles, 2 RBI) and Shane Farnsworth (two singles, RBI) had two hits apiece. Steve Arnold and John Dolan each singled while Jason Russianoff added a double.
The regular season ends next Sunday as the Thunder play two at the Cardinal practice fields (fields 3 & 4) at Roger Dean Stadium. The Thunder host the North Division leading Gators in the morning game and play the Dodgers in the afternoon game.



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8-4bLeones Hand Thunder 2nd Loss of Season 

8/4/2013 – The second game of the day for the Thunder, a 7 inning make-up game, didn’t go as smoothly as the first game as the Leones jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three. The team scratched back a bit in the 5th when they scored two runs, but the Leones scored three more in the top of 6th giving them a commanding 8-2 lead.
Drained by playing 15 innings in the Florida heat, the Thunder received a break between the sixth and seventh inning as an approaching afternoon storm brought dark clouds and cool rain, which apparently energized the team as they unleashed a storm of their own against the overconfident Leones.
Luke Bradford singled to lead off the 7th. Jimmy Efre walked then Jeff Tomlinson knocked in Bradford and Efre with a double. Chris Snyder was hit by a pitch and Louie Napoleon singled to load the bases. Rudy Plasencia and Steve Arnold followed with RBI singles and Jason Russianoff earned an RBI with a bases loaded walk, bringing the Thunder to within one run. With bases loaded and nobody out, the Leones made a pitching change and the new pitcher hit John Dolan. Some confusion about the hit batsman ensued at the plate and the pitch was called a ball by the umpire and the Thunder runner on third, who was trotting home (based upon the hit batsman) to tie the game, was tagged and called out. After lengthy conversations with umpires, arguments by both team managers the runner was allowed to return to third but the skies opened up and the Thunder comeback was washed away.
Offensively the Thunder had 11 hits. Luke Bradford led the team with three singles while John Dolan and Rudy Plascenia each had two. Jimmy Efre (RBI) and Jeff Tomlinson (3RBI) each doubled, and Louie Napoleon and Steve Arnold each singled.  
The Thunder try to get back on track against the pesky Marlins next Sunday morning at Santaluces in Lantana, FL.



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8-4aTomlinson Remains Undefeated, Improves to 5-0  

8/4/2013 - LHP Jeff Tomlinson pitched eight strong innings as he gave up five hits, struck out 9 and allowed three runs (none earned) to earn his fifth win of the season. Tomlinson also helped himself in the 6th inning with an RBI single, giving the Thunder a 5-1 lead.


Earlier in the game, the Thunder scored 4 runs in the second - Louie Napoleon singled to lead off the inning and Chris Snyder followed with a double. Rudy Plasencia and Steve Arnold both reached on infield errors, scoring Napoleon and Snyder, and John Dolan singled home Plasencia and Arnold. The Thunder scored four more runs in the 9th inning as Steve Arnold, Jason Russianoff and Luke Bradford each had RBI singles. The Thunder offense had twelve hits – Jimmy Efre, Steve Efkarpidis, Jeff Tomlinson (RBI), Luke Bradford, Steve Arnold (2 RBI) each singled. Chris Snyder doubled, while Louie Napoleon, Jason Russianoff (RBI) and John Dolan (2 RBI) each singled twice.


The Colt 45’s didn’t give up and made the game closer than it was, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 9th off reliever Jimmy Efre. But after yielding three hits and a walk, the veteran right hander settled down and retired the last two batters he faced to thwart the comeback attempt. 



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7-21Thunder Survive Early Errors 

7/21/2013 – The Expos came to play and took an early 7-4 lead which was fueled by defensive mishaps and timely hitting. But the Thunder weathered the storm, regrouped defensively, banged out 16 hits and scored nine runs over the last four innings to earn their 12th win of the season.
RHP Steve Efkarpidis earned his first win by tossing the first five innings, striking out two batters and scattering eight hits. Efkarpidis gave up 7 runs, but only 2 were earned as he was the victim of four Thunder errors, eerily similar to his previous start against the Nationals in late April. Jimmy Efre (3-0) handled the last four innings, allowing only 1 earned run while striking out four.
Offensively the Thunder had six hits through the first four innings, but came alive in the second half of the game with ten, while scoring 9 runs in three innings. In addition to shutting the door on the Expos from the mound, Jimmy Efre (3 RBI) led the team with four hits as he cleared the bases with a triple in the 7th, doubled and singled twice. Chris Snyder (2 RBI) and Rudy Plasencia (3 RBI) each singled three times while Eric Morales (RBI) smashed two doubles. Luke Bradford (double, RBI), Alex McEnaney (single, RBI), Steve Arnold (single, sac fly RBI) and Jeff Tomlinson (single) each had one hit apiece.
Weather permitting, the Thunder take on the third place Nationals next Sunday in the morning game at Little Fenway @ Miller Park in Delray Beach, FL.


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7-7Hitmen Hand Thunder First Loss of Season 

7/7/2013 – The Thunder suffered their first loss of the season against the Hitmen at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach, FL.
Filling in for an injured Jeff Tomlinson, RHP Guy Bitchatcho (6 IP, 27 BF, 2 BB, 5 K, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER) pitched well as he kept the game close, giving the Thunder a chance to battle late in the game. Alex McEnaney returned to the mound for the first time this season, struck out six and threw three scoreless innings allowing the Thunder to tie the game in the 9th. Newcomer Matt Ranking hadn’t touched a baseball in two years, but was thrust into action for the extra frame when the Thunder ran out of pitchers. Ranking took the loss in the 10th after hitting the first batter he faced and giving up a game winning double.
On the day, the Thunder offense had 9 hits and had two runners thrown out at the plate in the 9th and 10th innings. Louie Napoleon (single, double), Rudy Plasencia (single, double, RBI) and Alex McEnaney (two singles) led the Thunder attack with two hits apiece. Jason Russianoff (RBI), John Dolan and Matt Ranking each added singles.
In a highly anticipated matchup, the Thunder take on the Gators (North division leaders) in a morning game at Roger Dean (Field 2) next Sunday in Jupiter, FL.



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Thunder Win In Extra Frame 

6/30/2013 – It was the Jimmy Efre show again in the morning game at Dave Manzo Field at Dick Brown Park in Lake Worth, FL. Efre tossed all ten innings, scattered ten hits, struck out five and walked one en route to a complete game victory. He also banged out two hits, including the game winning double in the bottom of the tenth.
The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning when the Dodgers pushed one across to take a 1-0 lead. The Thunder answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring two as John Dolan, Jimmy Efre, Chris Snyder (RBI) and Eric Morales all singled. The Dodgers tied the game in the 7th with help from a sun-aided double that dropped in the outfield. The Thunder got back to work in the bottom of the inning as Kevin Reese singled, stole second then scored on a double by John Dolan, giving the Thunder a 3-2 lead.
The pesky Dodgers tied the score again in the 8th and the Thunder again had to answer in the bottom of the inning. Chris Snyder (non-runner) singled then Jimmy Efre (courtesy runner) scored on a double by Louie Napoleon. In the 9th, the Dodgers again tied the game, scoring on an error with two outs; however, the Thunder were unable to muster any offense in the bottom of the inning, pushing the game into extra innings. Efre (3-0) quickly retired the side then John Dolan led off the 10th with a double. Luke Bradford flied out then Efre smashed a shot down the third base line and doubled home Dolan for the win.
The second game of the doubleheader was washed out by rain, so the Thunder battle the Hitmen next Sunday in a morning game at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach, FL.


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Efre Fires Complete Game 2-Hitter 

6/16/2013Jimmy Efre (2-0) fired a 2-hit complete game and the Thunder offense banged out 13 hits as the team began the second half of the season with a victory over the Hitmen at Little Fenway in Delray Beach, FL.

In the second, Louie Napoleon smashed a double to deep left-center field and Rudy Plasencia followed with a single. During the play, Napoleon was thrown out at the plate while Plasencia advanced to second base. Plasencia moved to third on a ground-out then scored on a single by Chris Snyder.

In the fourth, Eric Morales and Rudy Plasencia were both hit by pitches and Louie Napoleon singled to load the bases. Jason Russianoff had an RBI single, followed by a double by Chris Snyder (3 RBI’s on day), giving the Thunder a 4-0 lead.

The Hitmen scored their lone run in the sixth inning while the Thunder added two more in the eighth. Louie Napoleon reached on an infield error and Rudy Plasencia singled. Jason Russianoff had his second RBI single of the day and Kevin Reese (RBI) ripped a double to deep right field.

Efre (9 IP, 31 BF, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 H, 1 ER) helped with the bat as well as he collected two singles while Rudy Plasencia (three singles), Louie Napoleon (single, double) and Eric Morales (single) each contributed offensively.

The Thunder take on the Leones next Sunday, 6/23/13, in an afternoon game at West Boynton Park in Lake Worth, FL.

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South Rout Thunder Led North  

6/12/2013 - The North squad, led by the division leading Thunder, came to the All Star game Wednesday, June 12 with a severe shortage of pitching and it showed as the South team, headed up by the Gators, who also are division leaders, scored a 14-2 romp at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach.


The North put the first tally on the board in the top of the second inning with an unearned run. Dargel Gomez (Colt 45s) reached first on an error, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield roller by his Colt 45s teammate Luis Martinez. After that, the fortunes turned. 


In the bottom of the third, the South took a 3-1 lead when Joe Mazzeo (Marlins) walked, stole second and scored on a base hit by Marlins' teammate Steve Mulligan, who eventually scored on a wild pitch and an infield error.  Carlos Jimenez (Gators) singled in the third run of the inning. 


It was the fateful fourth inning when things came completely apart for the North.  Five walks, two wild pitches, a hit batter, two errors, a two run single by winning pitcher Alex Williams (Marlins), and RBI hits by Yosvany Garcia (Gators), Mike Roy (Dodgers) and Jiminez resulted in nine runs in a 15-batter inning that pretty much sealed the game.


After the North scored it's only other run  in the top of the fifth on a double by Martinez and an RBI single by Jose Resendiz (Colt 45s), the South made it 13-2 on a walk, two hit batters and a catcher's throwing error on a pickoff attempt in the bottom of the fifth.


Gators' first baseman Eduardo Del Toro almost ended the game on a "run rule" with a booming double that just missed clearing the fence in deep left center field.  Del Toro settled for a double, and eventually scored on two wild pitches in the bottom of the 7th, and the league's 12-run differential rule after seven inning kicked in to end the game.


Williams got the win, the loss went to North starter Tony Sergio (Colt 45s), although the "bullpen" gave up eleven of the 14 South runs.  Williams went four, with Ronal Diaz (Gators) pitching the last three.  The North used three other pitchers. 


Jimenez, who was 3 for 4 with two runs batted in, was selected as the game's Most Valuable Player. 





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Thunder Win by Forfeit 

6/2/2013 - The Thunder were awarded a 9-0 win today when the Angels were unable to field a team, bringing the Thunder to 9-0-1 at the midway point of the season.


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Thunder Blank Expos 

5/19/2013 - The Thunder improved to 8-0-1 after shutting out the Expos in a morning game at Seminole Palms Park earlier today.
LHP Jeff Tomlinson improved to 4-0 as he struck out 7 and gave up five hits through seven innings. Tomlinson (2 RBI) also helped himself on the mound, collecting two singles while raising his batting average to .370.  Chris Snyder (RBI) and Steve Arnold (.435 BA) also had two singles apiece while Jason Russianoff knocked in two with a single of his own. Kevin Reese and Alex McEnaney each earned RBI’s with bases loaded walks, as Thunder hitters walked an eye-popping twelve times.  
The Thunder also continued to play solid defensively as John Dolan made a running catch in centerfield, Kevin Reese tracked down a pop-up along the fence at first base and Eric Morales had a web gem as he dove to his left at third, threw a strike from his knees to Rudy Plasencia at second, who fired a laser to first base turning two.  Additionally Jason Russianoff continues to be a wall behind the plate.
Another break for the Thunder as they have off next Sunday in observance of Memorial Day. The team returns to the field on 6/2 against the Angels at Roger Dean, Field 3 and continue playing on Sundays through mid August.





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Thunder Sweep Orioles in Doubleheader 

5/5/2013 - Eric Morales (three singles), Louie Napoleon (single, double) and Jeff Tomlinson (single, triple) kept the offense going in the second game and led the team to a 5-2 victory.   Ethan Root pounded a double, Kevin Reese singled and John Dolan (RBI groundout), Morales and Tomlinson each picked up RBI’s.

Ethan Root (3-0) struck out four, scattered 8 hits and walked only 1 batter as he tossed another complete game win. On the season, batters are only hitting .185 against Root while commanding a 1.44 ERA.
The Thunder are off next Sunday for Mother’s Day and return to action 5/19 against the Expos (3-5) in a morning game at Seminole Park.


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Thunder offense comes alive against the Orioles 

5/5/2013 - Jeff Tomlinson (9 IP, 35 BF, 2 BB, 5 K, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER) returned to action and earned his third win of the year in as many tries as the Thunder took the first game 9-1. Tomlinson (3-0) pitched out of trouble in the 2nd inning but cruised through most of the game until the Orioles knocked in a run in the 8th – only the second earned run of the season off the lefty veteran.

The Thunder offense continued where it left off as they banged out 12 hits, doing most of their damage late in the game. Tomlinson (RBI) helped himself as he singled twice while Steve Arnold led the way with three singles and 2 RBI’s. Eric Morales, Louie Napoleon, John Dolan, Jason Russianoff (RBI) and skipper Mike Soulen each singled and Jimmy Efre singled and smashed a double which cleared the bases in the 8th inning.


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Thunder Tie, Remain Undefeated 

4/28/2013 - Despite banging out 15 hits the Thunder were unable to shake the Nationals as they played to a 7-7 tie this past Sunday at Santaluces.


With Ethan Root (2-0) and Jeff Tomlinson (2-0) unavailable to make a start, RHP Steve Efkarpidis filled in admirably for not having pitched on a mound for almost a year.  Efkarpidis allowed 8 hits and struck out four over seven innings. Of those 8 hits, three were pop-ups that were not handled properly by the Thunder defense as they battled a second opponent – strong wind - throughout most of the game.
It was a seesaw battle all day as both teams manufactured runs and had timely hits. Eric Morales (double, two singles, RBI) and Louie Napoleon (three singles, 2 RBI) led the Thunder offense with three hits apiece. Rudy Plasencia (single, double, RBI), Jeff Tomlinson (two singles) and returning veteran Chris Snyder (two singles) each had two hits while John Dolan, Jason Russianoff and Brent Kraft (sac bunt) added singles.
Lefty Jeff Tomlinson pitched the last two innings and kept the Nationals in check giving the Thunder a chance to win in the bottom of the 9th inning. Chris Snyder reached on an infield error then advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball. Brent Kraft (who had put himself in a two-strike hole trying to bunt Snyder over) struck out but with 1 out Nationals pitcher A. Rodriguez was able to escape the tough luck loss by getting John Dolan and Jeff Tomlinson to ground out, stranding Snyder at third.
The Thunder battle the 5-1 Orioles next Sunday in a doubleheader at Roger Dean Stadium, Field 2.




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Thunder sweeps twinbill from Sugar Kings 

4/21/2013 - The Thunder remained undefeated as they banged out 16 hits in seven innings in the nightcap at Santaluces.
Filling in for the injured Jeff Tomlinson, Jimmy Efre (7 IP, 31 BF, 1 BB) struck out 3 and scattered seven hits as he earned a complete game win, yielding only one earned run.
The game was never really in doubt as the Thunder held an 8-1 lead through four. Efre helped his own cause as he led the team with three singles, scoring twice. Eric Morales (RBI), Jason Russianoff, Octavio Rodriguez (RBI), Steve Arnold (2 RBI) and Joseph Acosta singled twice while Rudy Plasencia (RBI) singled and tripled. Brent Kraft also singled to help the Thunder move to 5-0.
The Thunder return to Santaluces Sports Complex next Sunday morning for a divisional battle against the 4-1 Nationals.



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Thunder dominate Sugar Kings 

4/21/2013 - Strong pitching continued for the Thunder as they moved to 4-0 as Ethan Root fired a 6-hit complete game Sunday morning at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.


The Sugar Kings held a 2-1 lead until the 8th inning when the Thunder offense exploded for five runs. In the inning, Michael Arriaga walked and Steve Arnold, Jimmy Efre (2 RBI), Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI) and Octavio Rodriguez (RBI) singled while Ethan Root delivered the knock-out blow with a triple that scored two. With a 6-2 lead, the Thunder scored four more runs in the 9th inning as Ethan Root, Brent Kraft and Michael Arriaga walked while Steve Arnold, Jimmy Efre and Rudy Plasencia singled.
On the day, Jimmy Efre and Ethan Root each had two singles and a triple, Steve Arnold knocked out three singles, Rudy Plasencia and Octavio Rodriguez singled twice and Jason Russianoff and Chris Rodriguez added singles in the 15 hit Thunder attack. Root fanned nine and allowed two earned runs to earn his second win of the year.

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Thunder Squeak by Colt 45’s, start season 3-0 

4/14/2013 - Lefty Jeff Tomlinson tossed a 7-hit complete game to earn his second win of the year at Roger Dean as the Thunder remained undefeated early in the 2013 spring season.
The Thunder did all of their damage in the 4th inning as they scored four runs off starter J. Rivera. Ethan Root led off the inning with a single and Jeff Tomlinson reached on catcher’s interference. Rivera looked like he was going to sneak away from trouble as he got the next two batters out; however, Rudy Plasencia singled home Root then Brandyn Rojas followed with an infield single. With the bases loaded Jason Russianoff (RBI) walked and John Dolan provided what would be the game winning hit as he singled home Plasencia and Rojas. The Thunder managed another hit in the 5th inning when Joseph Acosta singled.
Tomlinson (3 BB, 3 R, 1 ER) scattered 7 hits and struck out 13 to make the four runs stick for the win. Today’s results give Tomlinson 30 strikeouts over 17 innings and a minuscule .053 ERA. In addition to great pitching, the Thunder defense remained solid throughout the day.
The Thunder travel to Santaluces Sports Complex next Sunday for a double-header against the Sugar Kings.

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Root tosses complete game shutout, Thunder 2-0 

4/7/2013 - It was a pitcher’s duel today between veteran Jesus Ferrer (Leones) and lefty Ethan Root in the afternoon game at Santaluces Park in Lantana, FL. Ferrer allowed just 5 hits and one earned run while Root struck out 9 and allowed just three hits. Root had a shaky first inning, walking three, but was in complete control the rest of the game as he earned his first win of the year.
The game remained tied until the 7th inning when the Thunder tallied their only run. Eric Morales singled and stole second, then with two outs Rudy Plasencia singled and Ferrer loaded the bases after walking Root. Jason Russianoff earned the game winning RBI as he walked with the bases loaded. The Leones avoided additional damage by picking off a Thunder runner at third base to end the 7th.  
On the day, Eric Morales singled twice, Louie Napoleon, Rudy Plasencia (sac bunt) and Chris Rodriguez singled while Joseph Acosta helped the team with a sacrifice bunt.
The Thunder battle the Colt 45’s next Sunday at 9:30 AM at Roger Dean, Field 2.

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Lefty Tomlinson fans 17, Thunder win opener 

3/24/2013 - Lefty Jeff Tomlinson, in midseason form, struck out 17 batters in eight innings, as the Thunder beat out the Angels at Seminole Palms Park. Glory Days' ace Tomlinson, acquired by the Thunder this off season, also contributed with the bat, netting a double, single and sacrifice bunt.
The Thunder broke a scoreless tie with a five run sixth inning off tough luck losing pitcher Papo Torres. Tomlinson started the rally with a double and scored on a two bagger by Eric Morales. Louie Napoleon followed with an RBI double, and scored on Jason Russianoff's two base hit. The fourth run scored on an RBI hit by Octavio Rodriguez. Joseph Acosta had an infield single and later scored the Thunder's fifth run on a wild pitch. Napoleon, Russianoff, Ethan Root and Brandyn Rojas also had singles.

For the Angels, Christian Cruz, Ron Fernandez and Jeremy Halford tallied for singles. The Thunder may have lost first baseman Michael Arriaga for an undetermined time after he collided with Angels' Herb Robb, suffering an injury to his right arm during the 8th inning.