South Jersey Baseball:
Saturday, July 23, 2005
By Dan Loney
Dan Denham and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout as Akron blanked the Thunder, 1-0, on Saturday night. The loss drops the Thunder into a 2nd Place tie with New Hampshire.
Akron (55-43) scored the only run of the game in the 1st Inning off Thunder starter Matt DeSalvo. CF Franklin Gutierrez slammed a solo homer on a 3-1 pitch to start the game. DeSalvo (6-4) worked out of some trouble, but took the loss. He gave up six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The Aeros stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the 4th Inning.
Meanwhile, Denham allowed three hits in seven shutout innings. Eric Duncan was the only Thunder player to get into scoring position with a 1st Inning triple. Denham (9-6) walked one and struck out six.
The Thunder (51-48) threatened in the 8th Inning as SS Ramiro Pena made it to 3rd Base with two outs (walk, stolen base & wild pitch), but Gabe Lopez grounded out to end the inning. Bronson Sardinha led off the 9th Inning with a single a moved to second on a sacrifice by Eric Duncan, a play that had Duncan and Thunder Manager Bill Masse ejected arguing whether he was safe at 1st Base. But Juan Lara got the final two batters for his 1st save.
The finale of the series is Sunday afternoon at 2:05 PM. Steven White (0-2, 8.03), coming back off the D.L., will start for Trenton against Akron's Jake Dittler (5-7, 3.42).