TRENTON, NJ – Four unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning cost the Thunder Saturday night in a 7-0 loss to the Akron RubberDucks at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Before 4,492 fans on a crisp spring night, the Thunder were unable to muster any offense on just three hits. Following Friday’s remarkable 18-inning win, Trenton’s bats were neutralized for just four hits against Akron pitching, including seven innings from starting pitcher Shawn Morimando. The southpaw, Morimando, shut down Trenton over seven innings to three hits for his second win of the season. The lefty lowers his ERA to 2.36 on the season with the performance.
For Trenton, the big separation between the two teams came in the fourth inning when Eric Jagielo committed two errors that led to four unearned runs off Thunder starting pitcher Miguel Sulbaran for an early Akron advantage. Akron’s offense added two more runs in the fifth inning and another run in the sixth to put the game out of reach in the middle innings. Sulbaran, who was charged with his first loss of the season, allowed six hits and six runs- two earned runs- over four innings. The lefty needed 95 pitches (56 strikes) to get through four-plus innings before being removed with no outs and a pair of runners on in the top of the fifth inning.
The four hits for the Thunder offense came from a pair of players—Aaron Judge and Jake Cave. Each batter had a pair of singles while the other seven men in the Thunder lineup combined to go 0-for-21 against Morimando and Benny Suarez. Trenton entered with a combined team batting average of .147 against LHP dropped to .146 after a 3-for-22 night off Akron’s starter.
Tomorrow’s rubber game between the Thunder and RubberDucks is scheduled for 1 p.m. with a 12:40 p.m. Trenton Thunder Pre-Game Show which can be heard on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com. The scheduled starting pitchers tomorrow are RHP Taylor Garrison (1-1, 4.19) against RHP Mike Clevenger (0-1, 2.08).