Thunder salvage Akron finale
TRENTON — Outfielder Damon Sublett smacked his first Double-A home run and Austin Krum provided a two-run double as the Thunder (5-2) scored all of their runs in the seventh inning to record a 4-3 victory over Akron today at Waterfront Park today and avoid a three-game series sweep.
For the second straight start, Ryan Pope allowed only one run over five innings and left with a no-decision.
Second baseman David Adams singled to extend his season-opening hitting streak to seven games.
The win in relief for John Van Benschoten, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first-round pick (8th overall) in the 2001 draft, was his first at Double-A since 2006 with Altoona.
WEDNESDAY GAME UPDATE:
Thunder 4, Akron 3 (F)
Van Benschoten W,1-0
Price L, 0-1
TUESDAY GAME UPDATE:
Akron 4, Thunder 2 (F)
Putnam W, 1-0
Pendleton L, 1-1
Attendance: Unannounced, but not a hell of a lot.
Akron hit up Pendleton for three runs in the first inning and aside from putting the potential tying runs in scoring position in the eighth, Trenton never really threatened. Adams extended his hitting streak to six games to start the season and Thunder relievers continued to deal with nine strikeouts and no runs allowed last night. The ‘pen has 25 strikeouts and just one run allowed over 17 1/3 innings (0.52 ERA) in six games this season.