TRENTON (31-19) 6-10-0
ERIE (18-31) 5-8-0
The Trenton Thunder edged the Erie SeaWolves 6-5 on Memorial Day to finish a four game sweep at UPMC Park.
The absolute turning point of the game came in the top of the 7th, when Zack Zehner blasted a grand slam off of Trent Szkutnik to give the Thunder the 5-2 lead. The home run ended the latest Erie lead in the entire series.
A.J. Simcox started the Erie scoring in the second with an RBI single, bringing in Jake Rogers. Simcox was immediately gunned down at second base trying to stretch the single into a double.
The SeaWolves added to the score in the fifth to go up 2-0. Will Maddox blooped a single into left that Zehner could not glove, scoring Troy Montgomery from third. With the bases loaded and one out, a costly base running mistake cost Erie a run. Kody Eaves flew out to left field, sending Alcantara to the plate. In the process, Jake Robson decided to sprint towards third. It was and easy relay from Zehner to Fleming, and the inning was over without Alcantara’s run counted.
After the grand slam in the seventh, Chris Gittens smacked a ball into center field off of Mark Ecker to escalate the Thunder lead to 6-2.
The SeaWolves pushed for a rally in the bottom of the ninth. After Dominic Ficociello walked and Chad Sedio singled, A.J. Simcox cranked an opposite field home run for the first time this season. James Reeves stayed strong for the Thunder on the mound though, and held off for the final two outs to Trenton their fourth straight win.
Beau Burrows (5-4) hurled six innings in the loss and allowed four earned runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Domingo Acevedo (1-1) pitched three perfect innings with three strikeouts in his first win.
Erie returns Tuesday to continue the home stand against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. First pitch is slated for 6:05 PM. Tuesday features Kids Eat Free. The first 250 kids ages 12 and younger receive a voucher good for a Smith’s Hot Dog, Pepsi fountain drink and bag of Utz chips. Fans 21 and older can take advantage of Two-Buck Tuesday with $2 drink specials in the Bud Light Beer Garden through the sixth innings.