BINGHAMTON, NY – A first-inning home run from Tyler Austin was all that was needed for the Trenton Thunder Sunday night, as the pitching staff combined for its sixth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the Binghamton Mets.
Trenton’s offense got to Binghamton starter Tyler Pill in the first two innings for an early lead. After Dustin Fowler hit a double, he was caught trying to steal third base. With two outs and the bases empty, Tyler Austin unloaded on a home run to left field for his second of the series and for the outright team lead fourth of the season.
The Thunder put runners at first and third with no outs after consecutive singles began the second inning by Mark Payton and Juan Silva. Sebastian Valle hit a ground ball to third base which produced a run and gave the Thunder the 2-0 lead.
After the rocky start, Pill settled down and retired 12 of the final 15 men he faced before turning the ball over to his bullpen. Binghamton turned to Tim Peterson and Logan Taylor for four shutout innings with seven strikeouts, but Trenton’s bullpen was equally stingy in keeping distance from the B-Mets.
The Thunder got six shutout innings from Daniel Camarena, who worked around 10 baserunners to earn his second win of the season. Caleb Smith was the first man out of the bullpen and then Tyler Jones took over for Smith in the eighth inning. Smith went 1.2 innings and allowed a man to reach with two outs on an error by Dan Fiorito before exiting the game. Jones got the final out of the eighth on a strikeout before striking out the side in order in the ninth inning to secure his third save of the season.
After dropping Game 1 of the series, the Thunder have bounced back with wins in the next two games to improve to 28-20 and a season-best eight games over .500. The sixth combined shutout of the season leads the Eastern League, one ahead of the Hartford Yard Goats who have five.
The series concludes Memorial Day with a 1:05 p.m. matinee at NYSEG Stadium. Trenton throws LHP Dietrich Enns (4-2, 1.99) to the mound against RHP Rainy Lara (2-5, 5.75) as they look to take 3-of-4 to begin a seven-game roadtrip. Pregame coverage begins at 12:50 p.m. on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.