ERIE, Pa. — Day 2 was more of the same for the TrentonThunder and their potent offense in a 9-3 victory over the Erie SeaWolves Saturday afternoon.
It started early with a Gary Sanchez two-run homer to left field in the top of the first and the scoring was capped by a Cito Culver three-run blast in the seventh inning to stretch a 6-3 edge to a much more comfortable 9-3 margin.
In between, a pair of solo blasts by Eric Jagielo provided some offensive spark to keep the SeaWolves at arm’s length throughout the middle innings. Outfielder Jake Cave built on his impressive four-hit night Friday with a 1-for-3 game including three walks. Cave has reached base safely in 8-of-12 plate appearances to begin the season.
Through two games, the Thunder offense has scored 24 runs and notched 27 hits- seven of which have been homers- and they have put a runner on base in 16-of-18 innings. A year ago, it wasn’t until the 5th game of the season that the Thunder had notched a total of 24 runs, and it wasn’t until the 14th game of the season that they had seven HR—going homerless through the first 31 innings of the season.
Lost amidst the torrid start for the offense, has been the steady hand out of the bullpen in the season’s first two games. Fred Lewis and Nick Goody combined for 4.2 innings of one-run ball in relief of starter Taylor Garrison. Including Friday’s game, Trenton’s bullpen arms have allowed just one earned run in 10.2 innings after neither starting pitcher has been able to get deep into the ballgame.
Trenton and Erie conclude the series Sunday starting at noon with game 1 of a doubleheader. The two seven-inning games are a result of Thursday’s scheduled season-opener getting postponed because of rain. Sunday was originally supposed to be a 1:35 p.m. first pitch but was moved up as a result. The Trenton Thunder pre-game show can be heard live starting at 11:45 a.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR or online at www.trentonthunder.com.