ERIE, PA – The Trenton Thunder took Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader from the Erie SeaWolves, 5-2 on the back of a complete game effort from Dietrich Enns, but Erie rallied from a two-run deficit in the fifth inning of Game 2 and walked-off with a 6-5 to split the twinbill.
In Game 1, The Thunder received a solo home run from Tyler Wade to get off on the right foot right out of the gate. The homer was his second of the season and first since Mid-April, over 180 at-bats between longballs. The leadoff homer also marked the first leadoff homer for the Thunder since Mason Williams did it in June, 2014 also at Jerry Uht Park. The offense continued a few batters later off Erie starter Cory Riordan when Michael O’Neill tripled to right-center field for a 2-0 lead.
Dean Green homered four batters into the game to tie the game 2-2 off of Enns, who allowed a single to Corey Jones immediately thereafter. Following the Jones single, Enns (6-2, 2.04) dialed-in and retired 18 consecutive batters until Erie was down to their final out. Enns went the distance on 109 pitches to match his career-high with 7.0 IP and hit double-digit strikeouts for the second time in his career (and of the season) with 10.
The game was tied into the fifth inning with one out and the bases empty when Dustin Fowler homered to put the Thunder ahead for good, 3-2. The offense added two insurance runs in the seventh inning for a more comfortable 5-2 lead heading into the final frame.
In Game 2, Dean Green launched another first-inning home run – this time a three-run shot- for a 3-0 lead off starter Eric Ruth. The Thunder bats put together a huge inning off starter Santiago Garrido in the top of the second inning putting three runs on the board thanks to three walks and three doubles. After Garrido had been knocked from the game with runners at first and second base with two outs, Confessor Lara entered to face Dustin Fowler who doubled home both runners for a 5-3 lead.
The lead stood until the fifth inning when Ruth had been lifted in favor of Caleb Smith. The first man Smith faced, Harold Castro connected for a solo home run to bring Erie to within a run at 5-4. After a flyout to Jason Krizan, Jeff McVaney belted an opposite field homer to tie the game.
The game remained tied in to the bottom of the seventh when Smith issued a walk to the leadoff man, Dominic Ficociello who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Castro. Jason Krizan grounded a ball up the middle which Tyler Wade dove and had glance off his glove. As he corralled the ball in shallow centerfield and fired a one-hopper to the plate, it skipped away and allowed Ficociello to score the game-winning run.
The Thunder and SeaWolves square-off in the finale of the four-game series and finale of the season series Sunday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park. Trenton holds a 9-3 head-to-head record this season against the ‘Wolves, including 4-1 in Erie. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. with pregame coverage set for 1:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com.