Following two-day wait, Trenton Thunder open season with big win over Erie SeaWolves
Pitching was the name of the game for Trenton, as Chance Adams and Caleb Frare held Erie hitless until the eighth. Adams, the starter, allowed four walks in his 5 2/3 innings, but he worked himself out of the only jam he encountered; the righty walked two in a row to open the second, but he induced a 6-6-3 double play and struck out Grayson Greiner swinging to escape the threat.
Frare relieved Adams after he walked Logan Watkins with two outs in the sixth, but Frare picked Watkins off first to end that inning and retired the side in the seventh before Erie finally got themselves on the board in the eighth.
By then, though, Trenton had a 4-0 lead, scoring all of those runs in the sixth. Thairo Estrada led off the inning with a single, and after Gleyber Torres singled, Mike Ford chased them home with a double to make it 2-0. Two batters later, with two outs and Ford still on second, Dante Bichette Jr. hit the Thunder's first homer of the year, a two-run shot that doubled the lead.
Come the Erie eighth, Frare walked two of the first three batters before finally surrendering the first hit, a soft single that loaded the bases. J.P. Feyereisen came on to relieve Frare and allowed a two-run single to Jeff McVaney, but he got another 6-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Trenton added two more in the ninth on a Thairo Estrada RBI single and Mike Ford's bases-loaded walk, and Feyereisen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to actually record the save.
Offensively, Estrada was the hitting star, going 3-for-4 in his Double-A debut, while Torres was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in his first game at the level. Ford and Bichette also had multi-hit days, both going 2-for-4 (with Ford also drawing a walk), and Zack Zehner and Rashad Crawford also both notched their first AA hit in their Thunder debuts.
On the mound, Adams' line was no runs on no hits, four walks, and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Frare was charged with two runs on one hit and two walks, with two strikeouts, in 1 2/3 innings, and Feyereisen allowed just the one hit in his 1 2/3 frames.
Like their big brothers in Triple-A, Trenton saw weather postpone two games prior to Saturday, so they will finish what is now a three-game set with a doubleheader on Sunday; RHP Yefrey Ramirez will start Game 1, while lefty Dan Camarena getting the ball in the back end.