(Trenton, NJ) – After combining to score 56 runs on 62 hits in a split of their first two games, the Trenton Thunder and West Virginia Black Bears played a much smoother and quicker game in their series finale on Wednesday morning at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. In front of a
(Trenton, NJ) – After combining to score 56 runs on 62 hits in a split of their first two games, the Trenton Thunder and West Virginia Black Bears played a much smoother and quicker game in their series finale on Wednesday morning at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. In front of a summer camp heavy crowd of 7,721, the starting pitching matchup between *Christian Capuano *and *Jeremy Cook *was the main attraction. Cook struck out 13 over six innings for the Black Bears, who took two out of three for the second time this season with a 5-1 win in the first morning game in Trenton since the 2019 season.
For the first time in the series, the Thunder struck first after *Ryan McCarthy *doubled with one out in the second. After stealing third base, a wild pitch brought the center fielder home to give Trenton a 1-0 lead. Capuano had two strikeouts in each of his first two innings before *Turner Hill *led off the top of the third with a single and steals of second and third. With less than two outs, a *Ruben Fontes *groundout to short tied the game at one.
The score held until Capuano’s final inning in the fifth. This time, JC Santini *led off with a double and *Anthony Stehlin *followed with a walk. Hill’s infield single loaded the bases for *Maddux Houghton and a sacrifice fly to center gave the Black Bears a 2-1 lead. Capuano (1-1) surrendered one more run in the inning and finished with eight strikeouts after he punched out the side in the fourth.
Meanwhile, Cook (3-0) continued his incredible run out of the All-Star break by tacking on two strikeouts in both the fifth and sixth to finish with a season-high 13. The Black Bears added to their lead on Fontes’ RBI double in the seventh off Jose Ledesma *and Houghton’s second sacrifice fly in the ninth off *Alec Whaley. Both Thunder righties worked an inning apiece to take some pressure off a taxed bullpen.
Trenton got two runners aboard in both the seventh and eighth but failed to score and *Grayson Thurman *later finished a 1-2-3 ninth in a non-save situation. *Dilan Espinal *and *Josh Surowiec *both finished 2-for-4 with a pair of singles while *Kolby Blanchard *and *Damian Yenzi *each reached base twice on a single and a walk.
The seven-game homestand continues on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 PM when the Thunder start a four-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters! For full ticket pricing and information for the rest of the 2022 season, partnership/sponsorship opportunities, and information about special events at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, please visit trentonthunder.com or call the Thunder Box Office at (609) 394-3300, opt 4.
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