AKRON, OH – The Trenton Thunder broke through for the game’s first run in the top of the 7th inning off Akron RubberDucks starter Adam Plutko, but a two-run bottom half of the inning sealed the fate of the Thunder in a 2-1 loss Monday night.
Starting pitcher Cale Coshow was dominant for the Thunder, allowing a hit to the second batter of the game and then not allowing one over his final 5.2 innings pitched. At the end of his night, he exited with a 1-0 lead and allowed one hit and three walks with four strikeouts over 6.0 shutout innings. He received a no-decision to keep his record at 0-1, but his season ERA lowered to 2.89.
The lone run of the game for the Thunder was manufactured in the top of the 7th inning. Tyler Austin was retired by Plutko to begin the frame before Lane Adams doubled to left-centerfield with one out. Dante Bichette Jr. followed with a strikeout, but Kyle Higashioka hooked a ball into the leftfield corner for a double and a 1-0 Thunder lead. Adam Plutko was lifted following the double and finished in-line for a loss after 6.2 innings with five hits, no walks, six strikeouts and one run.
The bullpens factored into the game after Alex Smith entered in the bottom of the 7th for Coshow. Smith allowed a leadoff home run to begin the frame to Bradley Zimmer to tie the game, for Zimmer’s fourth homer of the season. A few batters later, runners were at first and third base with one out when Alex Monsalve connected on a sacrifice fly to center field to score Bryson Myles for what would be the game-winning run.
In the 9th inning, the Thunder loaded the bases off closer J.P. Feyereisen with one out. Dustin Fowler legged out an infield single on a simple groundball to the second baseman, Todd Hankins. That was followed by walks to Lane Adams and Dante Bichette Jr. to put in position to tie the game with the potential tying run just 90 feet away. The next two batters each struck out for the Thunder, snapping a four-game win streak.
The Thunder and RubberDucks return to action Tuesday night at Canal Park with a scheduled 6:35 p.m. first pitch. Pregame coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on 91.7 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com