With one last chance to force a fifth game, Trenton got some life with two outs. A single by Maruszak gave them a batter and Murphy and Mahoney both drew walks, loading the bases. Unfortunately, Rob Segedin couldn’t keep the rally going, grounding into a force out at second and ending the game with Akron on top 6-1 and taking the EL crown.
Ramon Flores, David Adams, Rob Segedin: Each went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Segedin left two runners in scoring position. Flores had an error.
Ryan Pope: In just 0.1 innings of work, Pope gave up three runs on two hits and two walks.
Addison Maruszak: He was arguably one of the most consistent players for Trenton this season and he carried that into the post season. He went 2-4, but his team couldn’t push him across the plate.
JR Murphy: He went 1-3 with a homer, the lone Thunder run. He also drew a walk and struck out once.…
Trenton used another big rally in the bottom of the fifth, however, to retake the lead for good. After two quick outs, Garcia singled to center and Flores drew a walk. Adams was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Almonte lined a single to center, plating two runs and bringing the Thunder within one run of the Aeros. A double by Addison Maruszak brought home Adams and Almonte for the 8-7 edge. In a game where no lead seemed safe, Trenton kept adding to their lead during the late innings. A RBI single by Flores in the sixth plated Kevin Mahoney, while JR Murphy hit a RBI double in the seventh. Adams scored Walter Ibarra in the eighth on a single to left, giving the Thunder an 11-7 victory over the Aeros and sending the series to a Game 4.
Rob Segedin: The designated hitter did not do much hitting, going 0-4 with three Ks.
Mikey O’Brien: Trenton’s starter did not last long, going just two innings and allowing five runs on eight hits.…
Adonis Garcia: Garcia went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
Addison Maruszak: Also went 0-4, striking out once. Everyone else in the lineup had at least one hit.
Shaeffer Hall: Hall went just three innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits, a walk and two Ks. He gave up a pair of homers.
David Adams: The infielder went 2-4 with a run scored.
Zoilo Almonte: Almonte also went 2-4 with a run scored. He had a homer and three RBIs.
Mark Montgomery: The reliever threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
In the On Deck Circle:
Trenton and Akron will get a day off on Thursday, as the series shifts to New Jersey for the remainder. The Yankees will send Mikey O’Brien to the mound. He went 5-7 with a 4.20 ERA in nineteen starts for Trenton this season. He last saw Akron on August 24th, when he held them scoreless over 6.2 innings, allowing one hit, three walks and striking out five.…
Adams started the sixth with a double, but once again Trenton couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Akron got some insurance in the bottom of the inning, as Holt started with a triple to right. Chen doubled him in and Akron held a 3-0 lead. Trenton went down in order in the seventh and eighth. David Aardsma made another rehab appearance for Trenton, pitching the eighth inning and giving up a leadoff walk, a single to Jordan Henry and another walk, loading the bases with no outs. He escaped the inning by striking out Chen and getting Aguilar to ground into a double play. With one last chance to make it a game, Maruszak hit a one out single in the ninth, but Trenton couldn’t rally as they fell 3-0.
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores and Zoilo Almonte: Each went 0-4, with Austin striking out twice.
RISP: As a team, Trenton went 0-7 with runners in scoring position. They stranded seven runners.…
Trenton will need their bats to come up big in this next series, as they will face some tough pitching from Akron. The Aeros pitching had a 3.03 ERA for the season, by far the best as Richmond came in second with a 3.51 ERA. They struck out hitters a league leading 1057 times and allowed just 433 walks. Only Richmond allowed fewer homers, as the Aeros hurlers gave up 79 round trips.
Akron will throw out some tough starters who have served them well this season. T.J. House and Paolo Espino both spent the bulk of the season with the Aeros and will make starts against Trenton this week. House went 8-5 in 23 starts with a 3.98 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 90 Ks and 44 walks. Espino went 7-3 in 20 starts with a 3.09 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 106 Ks and just 34 walks. Preston Guilmet has been the Aeros’ closer all season, going 2-2 with 24 saves and a 2.39 ERA over 50 appearances.…
The Thunder took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. David Adams started the inning by lining a double to left, moving to third on a ground out by Zoilo Almonte. Addison Maruszak scored Adams with a single to right and Murphy followed with a homer to left, giving Trenton the 4-1 edge.
It was not going to be an easy victory, however, as Reading started to fight back in the top of the sixth. Eastern League MVP Darin Ruf started the inning with a solo shot to left. Hulett singled to center and Castro followed with a single of his own. Miguel Abreu singled to left, laoding the bases and Jiwan James hit a sac fly that plated Hulett and brought the Phillies within one run of the Thunder. Maruszak gave Trenton some insurance with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the inning, making the score 5-3.
David Aardsma came in for the top of the seventh, giving up a leadoff single to Tyson Gillies who moved to second on a wild pitch.…