D.J. Mitchell sharp as Thunder split DH
PORTLAND, Maine — Right-hander D.J. Mitchell shook off a rough Double-A debut last week against Akron with five shutout innings as the Thunder returned to action after two consecutive postponements with a 3-1 win over Portland in Game 1 of today’s doubleheader at Hadlock Field.
The Seadogs (5-5) jumped on Trenton starter Lance Pendelton for two first inning runs in the second game to earn a split with a 2-1 victory.
Mitchell (1-1) allowed only one hit, struck two and walked three. Grant Duff gave up a run in the final inning, but nailed down his third save in as many tries for Trenton (7-3).
Third baseman Brandon Laird had one of the Thunder’s three RBIs in the opener and accounted for Trenton’s only run in the series finale with a fourth inning home run, his first at Double-A.
The Thunder won two of the three games played at Hadlock and open up a three-game series at New Hampshire tomorrow night.
The game lost due to rain will be made up May 22 as part of a doubleheader when Trenton returns to Portland.
Top Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Casey Kelly started for the Seadogs and allowed just two hits and struck out three with no walks before being lifted due to a strict pitch count. Kelly was limited to just 45 pitches against New Britain in his Double-A debut last week.
Should the 20-year-old Kelly, a first-round pick in 2008, stay on normal rest he would start against the Thunder Friday at Waterfront Park.