South Jersey Baseball:
Sunday, May 2, 2004
By Dan Loney
Akron notched a six-run 1st inning en route to a 16-2 win over the Thunder on Sunday afternoon. The Aeros and the Thunder split the four-game weekend series.
Akron (12-10) jumped on Thunder starter Javier Ortiz for the six runs in which all scored after two outs. 1B Nate Grindell started the scoring with a two-run single. 2B Rodney Choy Foo added a two-run triple to make it 4-0. C Victor Valencia and RF Nen Francisco also plated runs to cap the inning. Ortiz (1-1) left the game after one inning due to a strained hamstring.
Trenton (12-8) sliced the lead to 6-2 in the 5th Inning thanks to a two-run homer by SS Teuris Olivares, his second of the season. But Aeros starter Oscar Alvarez kept Trenton at bay for the most part. Alvarez (2-0) allwoed two runs on five hits in five innings for the win.
Trenton reliever John Blankenship worked five shutout innings of relief, allowing the Thunder stayed close until the 7th Inning. Akron sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs. Included in the inning was a solo homer by Francisco, a two-run single by 3B Corey Smith and consecutive RBI hits from DH Scott Pratt, SS Zach Sorensen and CF Franklin Gutierrez.
Trenton begins a seven-game road trip through Connecticut on Monday. They will play three games in New Britain and four games in Norwich. The first game is Monday at 6:35 PM against the Rock Cats. Ramon Ramirez makes his first start after being recalled from Columbus. Major Leaguer Rick Helling, who is coming back from a broken bone in his right leg, starts for New Britain.
WP- Oscar Alvarez (2-0)
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