Spring Training: Ryan fans 16 as Thunder hang on to beat Flash 5-4

Now that’s a great start to Spring Training.

Nolan Ryan pitched 8 2/3 innings with 16 strikeouts (and seven walks) to help lead the Rolling Thunder over the Fort Lauderdale Flash 5-4.

It was 5-1 in the 9th, but Steve “Dumpster” Garfunkel gave up three hits, two of Ryan’s base runners and a run of his own to put the Flash within 5-4 and a chance to win it. But Carlos Marmol came in to get the save (after he loaded the bases, of course).

Ellis Burks had two hits and a home run, while Ken Griffey was 3 for 4 with a home run in the loss for the Flash.

Thunder 5, Flash 4

2015 THUNDER          AB   R   H  RBI   
GWYNN           RF     5   1   3   0    
C JONES         3B     4   1   1   2    
BURKS           CF     5   2   2   1    
PIAZZA           C     5   0   0   0    
PALMEIRO        1B     3   1   1   0    
BONILLA         LF     4   0   2   1    
VIZQUEL         SS     4   0   1   1    
YOUNG           2B     4   0   1   0    
RYAN             P     4   0   0   0    
GARFUNKEL        P     0   0   0   0    
MARMOL           P     0   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     38   5  11   5    

2015 FLASH            AB   R   H  RBI   
ZOBRIST         LF     5   0   2   0    
TULOWITZKI      SS     4   1   1   1    
HELTON          1B     2   1   0   0    
CASTILLA        3B     5   1   1   2    
GRIFFEY         CF     4   1   3   1    
SANDBERG        2B     4   0   1   0    
BELTRAN         RF     4   0   0   0    
ROSARIO          C     4   0   0   0    
ELLIS            P     2   0   0   0    
ECKERSLEY        P     0   0   0   0    
FIGGINS         PH     1   0   0   0    
RHODES           P     0   0   0   0    
OQUENDO         PH     1   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     36   4   8   4    

2015 THUNDER        IP  H  R ER BB SO   
RYAN            W  8.2  5  3  3  7 16   
GARFUNKEL          0.0  3  1  1  0  0   
MARMOL          S  0.1  0  0  0  1  1   

2015 FLASH          IP  H  R ER BB SO   
ELLIS           L  5.2  7  3  3  1  5   
ECKERSLEY          1.1  2  2  2  0  2   
RHODES             2.0  2  0  0  1  0   

   E:VIZQUEL(2)                         
  2B:GWYNN(2),BURKS,GRIFFEY,ZOBRIST     
  HR:C JONES,BURKS,TULOWITZKI           
     CASTILLA,GRIFFEY                   
  SB:GWYNN,TULOWITZKI,SANDBERG          
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