ERIE, PA – For a second straight ballgame the Trenton Thunder fell in walk-off fashion to the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park, Sunday by a 3-2 final.
Entering the bottom of the 9th inning, Tyler Jones entered in relief of Cale Coshow with the game tied 2-2. Casey Frawley began the inning with a grounder deep in the hole that Cito Culver made a spectacular jump-throw effort on but the Thunder couldn’t convert the out. Dominic Ficociello followed with a single to put runners at first and second with no outs. After a pop-out, Wynton Bernard- who entered the game 2-for-22 to begin the season with Erie- capped a four-hit night with an RBI single down the left field line past the dive of Billy Fleming at third base.
Coshow allowed three hits in two scoreless innings in back of starting pitcher Ronald Hererra, who turned in a quality start. Four of the first five hitters in the game reached base off Herrera before he retired 10 of the next 12 to settle into the outing. Ultimately, he fell one strikeout short of his career-high of 9 over 6.0 innings allowing two runs on 8 hits.
Trenton’s offense trailed 1-0 entering the 2nd inning with two outs when Dante Bichette Jr., Dan Fiorito and Cito Culver singled in succession to tie the game. An inning later the game was still tied with Tyler Wade at second base when Billy Fleming singled into left field to give the Thunder the lead, 2-1.
That would be the final run for the Thunder, who would manage just two more hits the rest of the way off the starter, Myles Jaye, and Erie’s bullpen. Erie tied it in the 5th inning after Grayson Greiner began the inning with a sun-aided triple and scored one batter later.
The Thunder pile on the bus and return home to ARM & HAMMER Park to enjoy a day-off Monday before beginning a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning at 6:40 p.m. on 91.3 FM, 1490 AM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.