RubberDucks shut down by Thunder pitching, 9-2
(Akron, Ohio) – Lefthander Daniel Camarena of the Trenton Thunder delivered a dominant performance at Canal Park Monday night, striking out a season-high 12 batters during a 9-2 victory over the Akron RubberDucks in the opener of a four-game series.
Camarena, 21, showcased a devastating curveball and vanishing change-up along with a lively fastball to carve up the Akron lineup. He walked none and allowed just three hits. He allowed his only run in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Alex Lavisky and Bryson Myles. After that he retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced before leaving after eight innings.
A mid-season call-up from Class-A Tampa, Camarena (2-6) has struggled to stay afloat at the AA level. After starting out 0-5 in his first six starts, including a loss to Akron in Trenton on July 13th, the lefty has won two of his last three. He had everything working Monday. Of his 99 pitches, 74 were strikes. He fanned RubberDucks sluggers Anthony Gallas and Bryan LaHair three times apiece.
The Thunder (65-70) jumped on Akron starter Cody Anderson (4-10) for five runs in the second, highlighted by a grand slam by Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams. They tacked on four more in the fifth on back-to-back homers by Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird off reliever Jordan Cooper. Sanchez’s was a three-run shot. The Thunder finished with 11 hits.
While the RubberDucks (72-63) were losing their fourth straight, Richmond slipped by Altoona 5-4, to widen their lead in the EL West to three games over Akron. Meanwhile, third-place Bowie squandered a seven-run lead and lost at Erie, 10-7, which lowers Akron’s magic number for clinching a playoff spot to three over both Erie and Bowie.
Notes: Nick Goody finished for Trenton, and gave up a run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Gallas. Trey Haley worked a season-high two innings for Akron, giving up just one walk and striking out two. The RubberDucks did not have two runners on base at the same time until the ninth. Akron dropped to 31-33 at home. Announced attendance was 3,521.
The RubberDucks and Thunder will play game two of the series on Tuesday night at 7:05. RHP Jaron Long (6-1, 2.54) is the expected starter for Trenton, while the RubberDucks are expected to go with LHP Shawn Morimando (2-4, 3.92).