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Trenton Thunder centerfielder Rashad Crawford returns to the dugout after scoring n the first inning against the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park in Akron, OH on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Photo by Martin Griff


Thunder Take Rubber Game in Akron

After dropping the series opener to Akron on Monday night, Trenton was able to rattle off consecutive wins for the first time this season by defeating the RubberDucks by a score of 9-3 on Wednesday night at Canal Park.

Making his first start of the season, southpaw Justus Sheffield allowed just five base runners (three hits, two walks) over 5.2 innings of one-run ball; he struck out six.

Trenton Thunder southpaw Justus Sheffield works against the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park in Akron, OH on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Martin Griff)

The Thunder set the tone early on after leadoff hitter Rashad Crawford led off the game with a well-struck double to right field. Scorching hot Miguel Andujar, who leads the Eastern League in RBI with 11, plated Crawford with a double of his own to put the Thunder ahead, 1-0.

One inning later, the first six hitters of the frame for Trenton reached base, including RBI singles from Billy Fleming, Francisco Diaz, and Gleyber Torres. They would tack on a fifth run with a sac-fly from Andujar.

Trenton Thunder third baseman Miguel Andujar doubles on a fly ball to right field, scoring Rashad Crawford in the first inning against the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park in Akron, OH on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Meanwhile, Sheffield cruised through five scoreless innings before being pulled in favor of right-hander Travis Hissong with two outs in the sixth. He threw 86 pitches, 58 for strikes, and exited the game with a runner in scoring position. Hissong was immediately greeted with a RBI triple by Dorssys Paulino and a RBI double by Eric Haase to cut the Thunder advantage to 6-2.

Trenton would tack on three more runs, and Hissong finished the final 3.1 innings of action to earn the save and nail down the Thunder victory.

Wednesday’s win brings Trenton back to the .500 mark at 3-3 as they board the bus and head back East. They will welcome in the Portland Sea Dogs for their home opener at ARM & HAMMER Park on Thursday evening. Chance Adams, who tossed 5.2 innings of no-hit ball against Erie in the season opener last Saturday, is slated to toe the rubber for the Thunder.


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