Recap 07/06: Trenton Pitching Dominates in Aeros 3-1 Loss

AKRON,
OH – The Trenton Thunder pitching staff limited the Aeros to a season-low one
hit Tuesday night at Canal Park in evening up this four-game series with a 3-1
victory. Four Thunder pitchers combined to record six strikeouts against five
walks total while their offense scored the deciding two runs in the top of the
seventh inning against Akron starter Scott Barnes. With the loss, the Aeros are
now 41-43 on the year and remain 3.5 games behind the Western Division’s wild
card spot while Trenton improved to 52-32.

Barnes
and Thunder southpaw Wilkin de la Rosa engaged in a scoreless pitcher’s duel
through the four first and a half innings of the contest. Left fielder John
Drennen recorded the lone Akron hit in the bottom of the second on a two-out
single to right field.

Three
walks by de la Rosa in the bottom of the fifth inning helped the Aeros strike
first in the contest. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then promptly greeted new
reliever Cory Arbiso with a fielder’s choice, plating catcher Damaso Espino for
the only Akron run.

Trenton
responded in their next opportunity, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive
batters without a hit. Edwar Gonzalez smacked a one-out home run in the top of
the sixth against Barnes, just barely lofting a pitch over the right field
bleachers to tie the score at 1-1.

After
Arbiso mowed down the Aeros in the bottom of that frame, Barnes remained in the
game for the problematic seventh. He permitted a leadoff single, a fielder’s
choice and another single before allowing a tough two-out walk to Rene Rivera
to continue the frame. Thunder left fielder Jack Rye then delivered the
game-winner with a lining two-run single to Jerad Head in right, scoring a pair
of runners and knocking Barnes out of the game.

Neither
team threatened significantly in the final two innings as Trenton relievers
combined to retire each of the final eight Akron batters in the game.

Arbiso
improved to 1-1 with the win as he pitched 2.2 perfect innings of relief.
Barnes (4-8) took the loss despite the quality start, allowing three runs on
five hits with three walks and four strikeouts and Thunder closer Ryan Pope earned
his third save of the year.

The
Aeros stranded seven base runners on the night despite just one hit and the
team’s previous low hit total for the season was two against the Altoona Curve on
April 20th.

Akron
hopes to provide more offensive against the Thunder Wednesday night in the third
game of this four-game set at Canal Park. Join the Aeros for Inhalant Abuse
Awareness Night starting at 7:05 p.m. and all fans can purchase family pack
specials for only $48, a total savings of $28! Lefty Eric Berger (3-4, 5.19
ERA) starts for Akron against Trenton’s Lance Pendleton (7-3, 3.54 ERA) in the
10th meeting this year between these two teams. Wednesday night’s radio
broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

—AEROS—

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