Thunder Bats Stay Hot In The Cold

(PR) Trenton scored three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to make up a late two-run deficit as the Thunder bested the Erie SeaWolves, 10-6, Sunday afternoon at chilly Jerry Uht Park to earn a split in the four-game series. The six unanswered runs came after Erie had scored five in the seventh in a game that was played with wind chill temperatures in the lower-30s.

Jose Pirela and Kyle Roller each went deep for Trenton, which hit nine home runs in the four-game set. Starter Zach Nuding retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced and tossed six quality innings, leaving with a 4-1 lead but earning a no-decision once Erie rallied against the Thunder bullpen.

With the SeaWolves ahead 6-4, Slade Heathcott (walk) and Rob Segedin (double) reached base to start the go-ahead rally in the top of the eighth. David Kopp (0-2) then allowed a deep two-run double to Neil Medchill that tied the score, a ball that was blown in by a strong wind preventing what would have been a three-run blast.

Ramon Flores followed two batters later with an RBI triple to left center, his third hit of the game, plating Medchill with the go-ahead run. Roller’s leadoff home run against Tyler Stohr, his fourth of the season, highlighted Trenton’s three-run insurance rally in the ninth.

Shaeffer Hall (3-0) entered in the seventh after Jeremy Bleich was charged with five runs in 1/3 of an inning on three walks, a two-run double to Tyler Collins and a big error on shortstop Ali Castillo. Hall worked 1.2 frames to earn his team-leading third win, while Branden Pinder finished the game with a perfect ninth.

Pirela’s solo home run in the third gave Trenton the 2-1 lead in the third. Castillo lined a two-run triple to extend the lead to 4-1 in the fourth. He would later add an RBI single in the ninth for his third RBI of the contest.

Trenton next heads to Akron for a three-game series beginning Monday night. The Left-hander Francisco Rondon (1-0, 5.14) is expected to start for the Thunder in game one while the Aeros counter with southpaw Matt Packer (0-1, 3.86). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:20 pm.

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