ERIE, PA – Between the top and bottom of the 8th inning at Jerry Uht Park, an accumulation of several innings worth of rain was enough to send Saturday’s game between the Trenton Thunder and Erie SeaWolves to a screeching halt. The Thunder earned a fourth straight win, 4-1.
Jake Cave finished 3-for-4, but his home run in the 3rd inning started the Thunder offense on the right foot off Erie starter, Myles Jaye. With two outs and none on in the 3rd inning, Tyler Wade drew a four-pitch walk. Then with a 3-1 count and Wade off with the pitch, Cave drilled a home run to right field for his second longball of the season. Trenton’s left fielder finished with a single, triple and homer, and he would have been due to bat third in the top of the 9th inning needing a double for the cycle but never got the opportunity.
Later in the game with Trenton leading 3-0, Dante Bichette Jr. connected on a double over the head of the right fielder Jeff McVaney which allowed Lane Adams to hustle all the way around from first base. The added insurance run in the middle innings made it a 4-0 Thunder lead.
Thunder starting pitcher Brady Lail gets credited with a complete-game effort and his first victory of the season. He tossed 7.0 innings without allowing a run until the 7th, working around eight hits and two walks in his longest start of the season.
Lail did not allow a run until the bottom of the 7th inning, which he entered holding a 4-0 lead. The SeaWolves loaded the bases with no outs when Lail struck out Kody Eaves for the first out. Gustavo Nunez delivered a fielder’s choice groundout to plate a run, but the Thunder were content to trade a run for an out at the time. With two outs and the tying run still in the batter’s box, Jeff McVaney flew out just shy of the warning track in rightfield to end the threat.
The Thunder and SeaWolves return to action Sunday afternoon with a scheduled 1:35 p.m. first pitch from Jerry Uht Park. RHP Cale Coshow (0-1, 3.65) gets the ball for Trenton against Erie’s Tommy Collier (2-2, 5.63). Pregame coverage begins at 1:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM and www.trentonthunder.com.