(PR) (Akron, OH) – Craig Heyer hurled six dominating innings and Chase Whitley picked-up his first Double A save to lead the Trenton Thunder (55-48) to a 4-3 win over the Akron Aeros (54-50) on Tuesday night at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio. Corban Joseph’s two runs batted in and Jose Pirela’s three hits led the Thunder offensive attack. The win clinches a series victory for the Thunder, who have now won three straight road games after an 11-game road losing streak came to an end on Sunday.The Thunder struck first on Tuesday night in Akron against Aeros’ starter T.J. McFarland, who had not lost a game since May 31. With runners at first and second and no outs, Jose Pirela lined a single to left to score Melky Mesa and drive in his 38th run of 2011. Through three frames, Trenton led 1-0.
In the top of the fourth, the Thunder added two more runs to their lead without hitting a ball out of the infield. Five men in-a-row reached on three infield hits and two fielders’ choice ground outs to score the two runs. Ray Kruml and Corban Joseph both drove in runs in the inning for Trenton, who took a 3-0 lead.
The Thunder allowed three Akron runs to score in the bottom of the seventh inning, two of which belonged to Trenton starter Craig Heyer. With the tying run at second base and just one out in the inning, Chase Whitley replaced Josh Romanski. Whitely retired the final two outs of the frame unscathed, and then proceeded to nab six more outs in the next two innings to pick-up his first career Double A save.
In his six strong innings, Heyer only allowed two runs and punched-out six to tie a season high. The Thunder’s three straight road wins mark the first time the team has accomplished that feat since a stretch on May 26 through May 28 in Reading and Portland.
Trenton will attempt a three-game sweep over the Akron Aeros on Wednesday night at Canal Park at 7:05 PM. The Thunder will give the start to LHP Manny Banuelos (3-5, 3.74), while Akron will counter with RHP Joe Gardner (7-7, 4.79). The SBLI Pre Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:50 PM from northeastern Ohio. Tune into the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com.