PP Game Notes: Trenton Thunder 3 - Akron Aeros 2

With Kenny Lofton due to join the team tomorrow for a two day rehab assignment, the Trenton Thunder defeated the Akron Aeros, 3-2 in front of 5,072 at Waterfront Park. The Thunder improved to five games over .500 for the first time since May 5, 2002. The win also increased the Thunder's lead in the Northern division to a game and a half over second place Binghamton.

Joe Orloski (2-1) got the win for Trenton by throwing 1 inning of scoreless relief behind Thunder starter Sean Henn who went six innings giving up two runs to earn a no decision. Francisco Villegas pitched two scoreless innings to record his first save. Jake Robbins (1-1) took the loss for Akron by giving up 2 runs in his one and two-thirds innings on in relief of Akron starter Francisco Cruceta.

Trenton took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Andy Phillips' two out sacrifice fly to right that scored Robinson Cano who had tripled after Kevin Reese led off the game with a strike out. The Thunder offense would be silent until the eighth.

Jason Grove hit a solo home run to left off Robbins to account for the Thunder's second run. JT Stotts followed with a walk and scored on a double by Kevin Reese to put Trenton ahead for good.

Akron scored both of their runs in the fifth off of Henn. Tyler Minges hit a one out double to left. Two batters later, Oscar Salazar doubled to left center to score Minges. After a balk, Frankin Gutierrez singled to right to score Salazar.

Kenny Lofton will be in Trenton the next two days on a rehab assignment. Fans wishing to purchase tickets can call the Thunder at (609)-394-TEAM. Lofton went one for four with a run scored with Tampa tonight in a game against Clearwater….Pitching match-ups for the remaining games of the series include Chien-ming Wang vs. Jeremy Guthrie tomorrow, Matt Smith vs. Jake Dittler Saturday, and Javier Ortiz going against Oscar Alvarez in the series finale on Sunday…..Thunder closer David Shepard was placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to yesterday with a strained shoulder and Aaron Rifkin is day to day with a sprained thumb.

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