Trenton started the Eastern League Championship Series just like they began the first round of the playoffs, with a loss on the road. The Thunder had a couple chances, but in the end it was Akron’s strong pitching that shone. Paolo Espino put forth a great start for the Aeros, while Brett Marshall pitched another decent game without any run support.
Trenton got the lead off batter on base in each of the first four innings, but came up empty. Adonis Garcia singled in the first, while Addison Maruszak and Kevin Mahoney drew walks to start the second and third respectively. The Thunder had the first big chance to score in the fourth. David Adams took a leadoff walk, but Zoilo Almonte hit a grounder to second for the first out of the inning. Maruszak was hit by a pitch, moving Almonte to second. A walk by JR Murphy loaded the bases, but Tyler Austin went down swinging and Mahoney popped out to end the threat.
Akron did not wait for the Thunder to get another chance for a lead, quickly putting together a rally in the bottom of the fourth. Tyle Holt grounded a leadoff single to center and Chun-Hsiu Chen flew a single to right. A wild pitch moved the runners over before Marshall struck out Jesus Aguilar for the first out of the inning. Another wild pitch plated the first run of the game, and Matt Lawson hit a sac fly to right that plated Chen for the 2-0 Aeros advantage.
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