By Matt Noonan
WORCESTER, MA – On Wednesday, the Worcester Tornadoes concluded their three-game series with the Grand Prairie AirHogs with a 4-3 loss. The game marked the end of their six-game home stand, which featured three games against the Newark Bears.
The Tornadoes are now 1-2 in interleague play against the American Association, and will return to the diamond on Friday when they travel to Texas to face Laredo.
Here are three takeaways from their last three contests against the AirHogs.
1.) Grand Prairie’s Excellent Bullpen: On Tuesday and Wednesday, the AirHogs relied on their various relievers to earn two critical road wins. And while they had to rally to secure leads, which they never relinquished, their bullpen arms halted Worcester’s offense with eight strikeouts and one earned run.
2.) The Edmonson-Trezza Offensive Connection: Despite only earning one win in a span of three days, Worcester’s offense relied on veterans Jerod Edmonson and Alex Trezza. Both players combined for 11 hits, seven RBIs, five runs, five doubles and one home run against the AirHogs, but that still didn’t help the Tornadoes during their final two games against Grand Prairie.
3.) Nunez Loses Fire: It’s very easy to state that Alex Nunez has been the spark of the Tornadoes offense, especially over the past few days. Yet, against the AirHogs on Wednesday, he struggled at the dish. He stepped up to the plate four times, but didn’t manage to muster a hit or run or RBI. Nunez hasn’t experienced a day with the Tornadoes where he hasn’t produced, so it’ll certainly be interesting to see how he responds on Friday.