South Jersey Baseball:
Sunday, July 31, 2005
By Dan Loney
(Trenton, NJ)- Altoona jumped on Thunder starter Jeff Karstens for five runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-2 win on Sunday and a sweep of the three-game series.
Altoona (57-49) got a solo homer from DH Howie Clark and a two-run homer from Josh Bonifay for a 3-0 lead. 3B Tom Evans added a two-run single in the 2nd Inning to run their lead to 5-0. Karstens (9-10) allowed six runs (five earned) in six innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Trenton (54-53) got two runs back in the 3rd Inning on a Bronson Sardinha RBI single and a fielder's choice from 1B shelley Duncan off Curve starter Eddie Candelario. But Curve Manager Tony Beasley made a pitching change, bringing in Brady Borner, that changed the game. He struck out Matt Carson with the bases loaded to end the inning and added three more shutout innings of relief. Borner (4-0) earned the win allowing one hit in 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks.
Altoona then got three shutout innings from Justin Kaye to finish the game. It was his 22nd save of the year, which sets a new Altoona single-season record.
Trenton, depsite the three staright losses, remain 2 1/2 games ahead of New Hampshire for 2nd Place and the automatic playoff bid.
The Thunder begin a series with the Fisher Cats on Monday in Manchester, NH. Game time is 6:35 PM. Grant Roberts (1-0, 6.10) starts for Trenton against New Hampshire's Casey Janssen (1-1, 2.03)