(PR) (Harrisburg, PA) – Harrisburg right-hander Caleb Clay pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout to singlehandedly halt Trenton’s seven-game winning streak as the Senators blanked the Thunder, 2-0, Saturday night at Metro Bank Park in the second of a three-game series.
Clay (5-2), allowed only three singles and three walks while striking out nine and throwing 117 pitches. It was the first nine-inning complete-game shutout in the Eastern League this season. Only one Thunder player reached second base in the contest – Jose Pirela in the fifth inning.
Jose Ramirez (1-3) allowed single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a hard-luck loss for the Thunder. Sean Nicol scored on Ramirez’ wild pitch in the third to open the scoring, then a sacrifice fly from Destin Hood plated the second Harrisburg tally in the fourth.
Ramirez worked six innings and allowed five hits and struck out five. Fred Lewis pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Trenton.
Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores and Neil Medchill had the three base hits for the Thunder. No Senators player collected more than one of the team’s six hits on the night.
The rubber-match of the three-game series will be played Sunday afternoon beginning at 2:00 pm. Left-hander Nik Turley (5-2, 4.10) is expected to start for the Thunder while the Senators counter with righty Taylor Jordan (2-0, 1.00). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 1:45 pm.