AKRON, OH – A pair of rain delays prolonged the result, but a 17-hit barrage by the Thunder offense Tuesday night at Canal Park paced a 9-inning 9-3 rain-shortened win over the Akron RubberDucks.
In a game that featured a season-high 17 hits by the Thunder, all nine starters had at least one hit and six of the nine starters recorded multi-hit games. Most notably, Dan Fiorito raised his season average to .256 by going 4-for-5 in the win with four singles. It was just the second four-hit game of the night for a Thunder batter, matching the four hits by Jake Cave Opening Night at Erie.
Cito Culver, Danny Oh, Ali Castillo, Aaron Judge and Cave all recorded two-hit nights in the victory. Judge entered the game 0-for-his-last-10 before connecting on a pair of doubles, including one in the 7th inning to drive home the final runs of the night for the Thunder. Castillo meanwhile, extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-5 night. Six of his 10 games during the streak have been multi-hit efforts and he is now 16-for-42 (.381 AVG) since going hitless in his first game of the season May 13th. The multi-hit game was just the third of the season for Culver and his first in the last 22 games.
Starting pitcher Luis Severino fanned a pair of batters in the first inning before the rains came in and prompted a delay for over 30 minutes before action resumed. When it did, the first three batters reached base against Severino – two of them ultimately scoring- before he settled back into his outing. Severino retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced and totaled nine strikeouts in his second win of the season.
With one out in the 9th inning, Bryson Myles doubled off Cesar Vargas, but rains that had resurfaced in the top of the inning started coming down in sheets. Nearly an hour passed before the game was eventually called with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning. Officially, Tuesday’s game lasted 4:20 with 1:30 worth of rain delays.
Trenton gets its first win of the season at Canal Park after dropping a pair of games to the ‘Ducks in Akron on April 14 and 15. Overall, the Thunder improve to 2-4 against the ‘Ducks in 2015.
The Thunder and RubberDucks continue their series Wednesday with a double-header featuring a 5:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch. Trenton throws RHP Brady Lail (2-2, 2.93) in the first game and RHP Luis Niebla (0-0, 24.30) in Game 2. Pre-game coverage begins at 4:50 p.m. on 91.3 FM, 1490 AM or online at www.trentonthunder.com.