(PR) (Akron, OH) – Trenton took advantage of three Akron errors leading to nine unearned runs as the Thunder took the opener of a three-game series from the Aeros, 13-8, Monday night at Canal park. Trenton won its third straight by taking a game in which the teams combined for 21 runs, eight errors (five by Trenton), and seven wild pitches.
After a scoreless first three innings, The Thunder rallied for seven unearned runs in the top of the fourth, six of which scored with two outs. In all, 12 batters came to the plate during a half-inning that lasted nearly 35 minutes. After the first run scored on a throwing error on Akron’s Jesus Aguilar, Rob Segedin grounded a two-run, two-out double against Akron starter Matt Packer (0-2).
Packer was later pulled in favor of Cole Cook, who would allow a run to score on a wild pitch, a two-run single to Ramon Flores and an RBI hit to Tyler Austin that made the score 7-0. Packer was charged with five unearned runs in 3.2 innings pitched to take the loss, while Cook ultimately gave up five runs in 1.2 innings pitched.
Akron responded by scoring five times in the bottom of the fourth against Trenton starter Francisco Rondon (2-0), led by RBI doubles from Kyle Bellows and Quincy Latimore. Rondon would allow six runs (three earned) in five innings on five hits and five errors committed behind him.
The Thunder tacked on a run in the fifth on Segedin’s RBI hit, then two in the sixth on another Cook pitch and Kyle Roller’s RBI fielder’s choice. After Akron cut the deficit to 11-8 by scoring twice in the seventh against reliever Graham Stoneburner, Trenton got the pair of runs back in the ninth on an error and an RBI groundout from Tyler Austin.
Stoneburner tossed the final four innings in his season debut and earned a save. Jose Pirela collected three of Trenton’s 12 hits, while Segedin (three), Flores (two) and Austin (two) each had multiple RBI.
Game two of the series will be played Tuesday night, with left-hander Matt Tracy (1-1, 16.20) expected to start for the Thunder while the Aeros counter with righty Paolo Espino (0-0, 5.02). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:20 pm.