TRENTON – The Thunder began a grueling stretch of 21 games in 21 days on Tuesday night by dropping the opener of a three-game series with the Akron RuberDucks at ARM & HAMMER Park by a score of 4-1.
Manager Bobby Mitchell summoned 23-year old right-hander Will Carter to the mound to get his team back on track after dropping their first series at home all season long to New Hampshire over the weekend. Carter had been winless in four starts since being promoted to Trenton from Tampa on July 25.
Akron forced Carter into early trouble and put Trenton into an immediate 2-0 deficit on an RBI single from Jordan Smith and an RBI groundout by Eric Stamets. Shortstop Tyler Wade led off the bottom half of the frame and promptly greeted RubberDucks starter Julian Merryweather with a well-struck triple into the right field corner. Left fielder Dustin Fowler drove him home with a sacrifice fly one batter later to cut the Akron lead to 2-1.
While shaky, Carter settled in and gave Trenton five innings of three-run ball to keep the team within striking distance. The offense just could not come up with the big hit to put them ahead and the Akron bullpen combined to hold the Thunder to just one hit over the final four innings.
Mike Ford was the lone offensive bright spot for Trenton, who posted four hits in the defeat.