South Jersey Baseball:
Friday, May 6, 2005
By Dan Loney
Omir Santos picked up his first two-homer game of his career and drove in five runs as the Thunder beat Altoona, 16-3, in Eastern League play. The win was the third straight for Trenton.
The Thunder (14-15), now within four games of 1st Place, jumped on Curve starter Matt Peterson for eight runs in three innings. 3B Eric Duncan put the Thunder up with a two-out, two-run double in the 1st Inning. Three more runs in the 2nd Inning, including an RBI triple by DH Yobal Duenas and an infield RBI hit by Kevin Thompson, gave Trenton a 5-1 lead.
In the 3rd Inning, Trenton got an RBI double from Andy Cannizaro and the first of Santos' two home runs, a two-run blast, gave Trenton an 8-1 lead. Peterson (2-2) was charged with eight runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Thunder broke the game open with seven runs in the 6th Inning. That inning included a two-run single by E. Duncan and a three-run homer from Santos. The five RBI was also a career-high for Santos. Cannizaro was 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. E. Duncan collected four RBI and leads the Thunder with 17 for the year.
Thunder starter Danny Borrell (1-0) worked through five innings for the victory. He allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Three Trenton relievers held the Curve hitless over the final four innings.
The series continues on Saturday afternoon at 1:35 PM. Jon Skaggs (1-2) starts for the Thunder against Altoona's Hansel Izquierdo (1-3, 7.00).