Avelino gets 4 hits, knocks in 5 to lift Thun­der over Baysox

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Kyle Franko kfranko@tren­to­nian.com @kj_franko on Twit­ter

TRENTON » A lot of eyes this week will be on Greg Bird and Billy McKin­ney as they con­tinue their re­hab as­sign­ments with the Thun­der, but take some time to watch Abi­atal Avelino while you still can.

The short­stop col­lected four more hits, in­clud­ing a three-run homer and the Thun­der crushed Bowie 11-5 in the se­ries opener at Arm & Ham­mer Park on Thurs­day night.

Avelino has crushed Dou­ble-A pitch­ing since start­ing the sea­son in Scran­ton. In 16 games with the Thun­der, he’s bat­ting .410 (25-for-61) with three homers and 11 RBIs.

He went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and had a two-run dou­ble dur­ing a five-run first in­ning in which the Thun­der (2514) sent 10 bat­ters to the plate.

Avelino played the first 22 games of the sea­son at Triple-A Scran­ton where he slashed a re­spectable .286/.337/.377 be­fore fall­ing vic­tim to a num­bers game. The Yan­kees pre­sum­ably want the 23-year-old to play short­stop, so in or­der to do that reg­u­larly he needed to drop down to Dou­ble-A.

Ryan Bollinger scat­ters six hits across six in­nings and lim­ited the Baysox (18-21) to a pair fo runs to pick up his third vic­tory.

Bird and McKin­ney were a com­bined

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0-for-13 in two re­hab ap­pear­ances com­ing into the game un­til McKin­ney sin­gled in the first in­ning.

Bird, mean­while, worked three walks and scored three times.

McKin­ney fin­ished 1-for-5 and struck out twice.

Man­ager Jay Bell said both are sched­uled to play nine in­ning each of the next two days be­fore tak­ing Sun­day off and then head­ing to their next des­ti­na­tion.

The Thun­der to­taled 15 hits off four Bowie pitch­ers.

Bruce Cald­well went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, while Trey Am­burgey and Go­suke Ka­toh also had multi-hit games.

Thurs­day’s games

Oak­land at Toronto Bal­ti­more at Bos­ton Texas at Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay at L.A. An­gels Detroit at Seat­tle

Fri­day’s games

Oak­land (An­der­son 0-2) at Toronto (Estrada 2-3), 7:07 p.m. Bal­ti­more (Cobb 0-5) at Bos­ton (Pomer­anz 1-1), 7:10 p.m.

Cleve­land (Clevinger 3-0) at Hous­ton (Mor­ton 5-0), 8:10 p.m. Mil­wau­kee (Suter 2-3) at Min­nesota (Gib­son 1-1), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Fis­ter 1-4) at Chicago White Sox (Ful­mer 2-3), 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yan­kees (Sa­bathia 2-0) at Kansas City (Ju­nis 4-3), 8:15 p.m.

Tampa Bay (Snell 4-3) at L.A. An­gels (Tro­peano 1-2), 10:07 p.m. Detroit (Ful­mer 1-3) at Seat­tle (Her­nan­dez At­lanta Philadel­phia Washington New York Mi­ami Pitts­burgh Mil­wau­kee St. Louis Chicago Cincin­nati

KYLE FRANKO — TREN­TO­NIAN PHOTO

Thun­der’s Abi­atal Avelino, left, is con­grat­u­lated by team­mate Bruce Cald­well, cen­ter, af­ter both scored as Greg Bird, right, looks on against Bowie on Thurs­day night.

KYLE FRANKO — TREN­TO­NIAN PHOTO

Yan­kees out­fielder Billy McKin­ney, on a re­hab as­sign­ment with the Thun­der, watches the ball he hit dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning against Bowie on Thurs­day night.

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