Thunder Strikes In Extras to Silence SeaWolves
The SeaWolves used every last pitch to extend the game Saturday, however in extra innings, the Trenton home run ball struck to help the Thunder slip past Erie 4-1 in 11 innings.
Just one run had crossed home plate at UPMC Park until the ninth inning. That lone score came via a home run from Thunder left fielder Jeff Hendrix in the sixth inning. With two outs and two strikes in the ninth though, the SeaWolves center fielder Danny Woodrow was able to push a ball into left field, scoring Dominic Ficociello to tie the game at one.
After Erie failed to score with a runner on third in the tenth inning, the Thunder let their opportunity rumble with a three-run blast from center fielder Trey Amburgey in the 11th. The second home run of the game for Trenton was enough to finish off the SeaWolves and allow the Thunder to take their second straight game of the series.
"We battled back to score that one run in the ninth," said SeaWolves manager Andrew Graham. "We had opportunities earlier in the game we didn't take advantage of. We need to execute and take advantage of them."
The one big missed chance came in the third inning when with the bases loaded and one out, the SeaWolves failed to push across any runs. Will Maddox struck out swinging and Josh Lester flew out to right field to end the inning
"We're not a team that's going to be able to hit the long ball like some of these other teams," said Graham on the lack of opportunistic hits. "We have been outhitting the other teams, but a majority of the production have been singles and hits without runners in scoring position. We've got to come up with that big hit, keep working and keep grinding and find a way to get it done."
Kyle Funkhouser tossed an impressive game surrendering just one run over six innings of work while striking out six. The Erie bullpen pitched another four innings of scoreless relief until Mark Ecker gave up the three-run home run in the 11th.
The SeaWolves and Thunder meet again Sunday for the third of four games. Tyler Alexander will look for his fourth win of the year. He will be opposed by Jonathan Loaisiga for Trenton. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35.