The Trenton Thunder now 2-0 in the home stand (3-3) overall has moved to .500 with a 14-7 dominant win against Williamsport in front of 5,680 fans tonight. This game was three hours and six minutes that included a lot of action on the bases. The Trenton Thunder came out to play tonight saying don't mess with us. The offense was even better for them today, drawing a lot of walks was the big factor. Pitching was ok for the Trenton Thunder, giving up runs rest of the way after the third inning and they need to cut down on the errors.
Tonight's starting pitcher for Trenton Thunder was Ryan Figueroa who went 4.0 innings, allowing three hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts. Ronaldo Fernandez got the win (1-1) as he went 2.0 innings, allowing three hits, two runs, four walks and two strikeouts. Devin Milberg was the next pitcher out of the bullpen, allowing three hits, two runs (one earned), zero walks, three strikeouts and one homer in two innings of work. Benjamin Wilson was the last pitcher for Trenton Thunder, allowing one hit, two runs and two walks in one inning of work. The pitching staff needs to do a better job cutting down on the walks for the next game and they will be in good shape.
Trenton Thunder's offense was locked in the whole game as they had 14 runs on 11 hits. They took advantage of the errors and walks from the Williamsport pitching staff tonight and capitalized in a big way.
Jeff Manto Jr., son of Trenton Thunder manager Jeff Manto Sr., hit a home run and had two RBI. Nathaniel Ochoa had one hit and one RBI. Paul Coumoulos had two hits and three runs. Ryan McCarthy had one hit and two RBI. Dalton Davis had one hit and one RBI. Andrew Cossetti had one hit and two RBIs. Gustavo Sosa had one RBI, while Socrates Bardatsos drove in three runs and picked up a hit.
The players who did not get hits also made huge contributions in tonight's win. Everything was clicking for them, as they fed off from each other like a domino effect and could not be stopped all night.
After starting the season 1-3, Trenton Thunder got back to .500 with a pair of wins at home. They are turning the corner being back home, as playing in front of their fans is a big thing for them. Home field advantage is important in all sports and with this long home stand, Trenton Thunder can potentially move up in the standings fast to stay competitive. Manager Jeff Manto has them focused, being prepared for the game, making sure they work as a team and trying to cut down on the simple mistakes.
What a story for Jeff Manto Jr playing for his father/manager Jeff Manto Sr with Trenton Thunder. Being able to play the game he loves, coming from a baseball family and hitting a home run in tonight's game must have been a special feeling for both of them. The homer for Manto Jr. was his first of the season, as he looks to gain confidence for the rest of the season.