(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – The Erie SeaWolves sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven times in the first inning en route to a 9-2 victory over Trenton Thursday afternoon before 5,378 fans on Education Day at Waterfront Park. With the win, Erie took the three-game series 2 games to 1.
After being handed a 7-0 lead before taking to the mound, SeaWolves starter Jared Wesson (2-1) pitched seven dominant innings, allowing one run (earned) on four hits while striking out eight.
Erie took a 2-0 advantage on a bases loaded walk to Jordan Lennerton and a fielder’s choice by Bryan Pounds against Trenton starter Craig Heyer (1-2). Then with two outs in the first Tony Plagman lined a two-run double to right to double the lead. After Brent Wyatt walked, Jamie Johnson hit an RBI double plating Plagman with the fifth run.
With runners on second and third, Niuman Romero batted for the second time in the inning and singled in both Wyatt and Johnson to make it 7-0. The 11th batter of the inning Brandon Douglas next singled, but Romero was thrown out at the plate by right-fielder Abraham Almonte while trying to score the eighth run of the frame.
Heyer then settled down and did not allow a run over his final four innings. He was charged with seven runs on eight hits in five innings pitched. Francisco Rondon pitched two scoreless innings in relief, but Michael Dubee allowed two runs on five hits in his two frames.
Almonte doubled home Yadil Mujica in the bottom of the third to plate the Thunder’s lone run of the contest. Mujica collected three of Trenton’s six hits on the afternoon. Neil Medchill homered in the ninth for his first hit with the Thunder.
Erie collected 14 hits for the second consecutive game. Romero led the attack by going 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Pounds went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Thunder take to the road for the next seven games beginning with a three-game series at New Hampshire beginning Friday night. First pitch is slated for 6:35 pm, with left-hander Shaeffer Hall (2-2) is expected to pitch for Trenton against Fisher Cats righty Ryan Tepera (1-1). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and streaming online begins at 6:20 pm.