Kelly, D.J. Mitchell tangle at Waterfront Park
TRENTON — Two of the better pitching prospects in the Eastern League mixed it up tonight at Waterfront Park and the results were, well, meh.
Portland’s Casey Kelly, a shortstop/pitcher hybrid making just his third Double-A start, has his own “Joba Rules” and was lifted after just 53 (32 strikes).
The 30th overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Boston Red Sox left a 1-1 game with a no-decision after he had reached his pitch limit.
Thunder right-hander D.J. Mitchell, meanwhile, walked four in the first two innings before settling down.
Mitchell retired eight straight at one point, allowed only two hits and struck out five to registered his second win as the Thunder went on to rock the Portland bullpen in a 9-1 victory.
Reid Gorecki had three hits and two RBIs, while third baseman Brandon Laird homered for the second straight night – a titanic, three-run shot to left field – in the eighth to ice it.
Thunder 9, Portland 1 (F)
Mitchell W, 2-1
Lawson L, 0-2
HR: Trenton: Laird (3)