TRENTON, N.J. – Three years ago, Brandon Laird arrived in Trenton and had a breakout season with the Thunder, the Yankees; Double-AA farm team.
Having reached the big leagues with the Houston Astros – presently at Triple-A Round Rock – Laird garnered Eastern League MVP honors in 2010.
In 2013, Neil Medchill is aiming to follow in Laird’s Double-A footsteps. The 25-year-old, an 11th-round pick by the Yankees in 2009, went 2-for-4 Thursday night to help the Thunder to a 6-5, 11-inning win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in their home-opener at ARM&HAMMER Park before 6,720 fans.
The Thunder (4-3) won the contest in the bottom of the 11th on a triple by Slade Heathcott and sacrifice fly by Ramon Flores. Lefty Shaeffer Hall (1-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief.
Back to Medchill, who, after six games in the outfield and the Thunder DH, is hitting .391 (9-for-23) with a pair of homers and eight RBIs, third in Double-A baseball.
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