The New York Yankees Double-A team bounced back from a tough loss on Thursday by beating the Bowie Baysox 9-0 at home.
Trenton starter Jairo Heredia started off the game by giving up two straight singles to left fielder Mike Yastrzemski (Carl’s grandson) and third baseman Niuman Romero. Heredia would then settle down, striking out first baseman Buck Britton on three straight pitches. He then teamed up with battery mate Gary Sanchez on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play to end the inning. The Thunder offense were unable to get a base runner on in the first inning, and Heredia returned to the mound in the second. He allowed one hit in the second, to catcher Michael Ohlman, and racked up another strikeout in a shut-out inning.
After ten shutout innings over the past two days, the Trenton offense woke up in the bottom of the second. Tyler Austin led off the inning with a double to center field off of Bowie’s lefty starter Anthony Vasquez. The rattled Vasquez then hit Greg Bird with a pitch, sending him to first base. Dan Fiorito then sent a 2-1 offering to right field to load the bases with no one out. Dante Bichette Jr. then hit into a double play, as Bowie first baseman Britton tagged the bag then went home where catcher Ohlman tagged out Tyler Austin. A great opportunity to score was almost wasted. However, Mason Williams came up and singled to left field to score both Bird and Fiorito. Trenton shortstop Ali Castillo tried to make it 3-0 on a double to right field, but Baysox right fielder through Williams out at home.
The Thunder offense would add one more run in the third inning, thanks to a two-out RBI single by Tyler Austin, scoring Gary Sanchez. They would add two more in the fourth inning as well. With Bichette on first base and one out, Mason Williams launched a two-run home run to right field. Leading 5-0 after four innings, thanks to a hot offense and stellar pitching by Heredia, the Thunder bats decided to put the game out of reach in the fifth inning. After two singles to open the inning, Austin hit a three-run home run to left field, bringing in Ben Gamel and Gary Sanchez. Bird followed Austin with a double to right field. One out later, a Bichette double to center field scored Bird. At the end of the fifth, the Trenton Thunder held a 9-0 lead.
The game would end with a 9-0 score, thanks to outstanding pitching by the Thunder. Jairo Heredia threw six innings, allowing six hits and one walk, with six strikeouts and no runs. Phil Wetherell came in the game in the seventh inning and threw two shutout innings with a strikeout. High-octane arm Nick Goody came in to close out the game in the ninth, striking out all three Bowie batters he faced, with two coming on swinging strikes. The Thunder will look to continue the great play on Saturday at 7:05 at home against the Baysox. You can go to www.trentonthunder.com to listen to the game.
Players of the Game:
Tyler Austin: 3/4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Mason Williams: 2/4, 1R, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Jairo Heredia: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 R/ER