Justin Souza comes in to throw the ninth inning in his return to Erie. He dominates in the ninth inning with two strikeouts. Erie needs a rally down 2-1.
Erie scores twice to win the game! Jamie Johnson ripped a single to left with Marcus Lemon on second base. Lemon appeared to be an easy out as the catcher took the throw with Lemon still 12 feet out. Lemon threw his elbow into the catcher’s glove, jarring the ball loose and allowing him to score. Eugenio Saurez then singled to left to drive in Johnson and give Erie a thrilling 3-2 win.
Ramon Flores leads off with a base hit and Gary Sanchez is hit by a pitch but Tyler Stohr works out of the jam. Still 2-1 Thunder.
Daniel Fields leads off with a base hit but he is stranded after a flyout and two strikeouts. 2-1 Trenton
Tyler Stohr comes in to pitch after six solid innings by Ramon Garcia. Stohr records a 1-2-3 inning and Trenton leads 2-1.
Marcus Lemon draws a one-out walk but two grounders end the inning.
Trenton uses back-to-back extra-base hits to take a 2-1 lead. Ramon Flores reached on an infield single to start the inning before Slade Heathcott had a triple and Gary Sanchez crushed a double. 2-1 Thunder
Erie tries to rally with two outs by loading the bases. Ramon Cabrera and Tyler Collins each single before James McCann walks. Wade Gaynor strikes out to end the inning and the Thunder lead 2-1.
Jose Pirela reaches on an error by Eugenio Suarez to start the inning. Saurez now has 31 errors between Lakeland and Erie. Two forceouts and a flyout to center end the inning.
Marcus Lemon extends his hitting streak to seven games with a two-out single but a Jamie Johnson laser is caught to end the inning. 1-0 Erie
Gary Sanchez draws a two-out walk but is stranded at first.
Ramon Cabrera walks with one out but is also stranded. Interesting play with one out, as Tyler Collins with a sharp grounder to first. Cabrera gets caught between first and second, gets into a rundown, then makes it safely back to first as Trenton fails to cover the base. Erie leads 1-0.
Quick 1-2-3 inning for Ramon Garcia.
And a 1-2-3 inning for Nik Turley.
Jose Pirela with Trenton’s first hit of the game as he reaches on a two-out infield single. Ramon Garcia works around it with a strikeout of Reegie Corona.
Erie breaks through against Nik Turley. Tyler Collins with a one-out single up the middle before stealing second with two outs. Wade Gaynor then rips a double down the left field line to drive in Collins. 1-0 SeaWolves
Ramon Garcia needs only six pitches, all strikes, to get through the top of the first. He gets Ramon Flores to fly out on the first pitch of the game before striking out Carmen Angelini on three pitches and Slade Heathcott flies out to deep left on an 0-1 pitch.
Eugenio Suarez draws a one-out walk before getting picked off going to second. We are still scoreless.
Trenton Thunder (59-55) at Erie SeaWolves (59-53)
7:05 p.m., Jerry Uht Park
Trenton LH Nik Turley (8-6, 3.99) vs. Erie LH Ramon Garcia (0-2, 6.11)
Trenton – LF Ramon Flores (.247), SS Carmen Angelini (.189), CF Slade Heathcott (.261), DH Kyle Roller (.259), 2B Jose Pirela (.259), 3B Reegie Corona (.227), RF Cody Grice (.211), 1B Saxon Butler (.254 with Class A Tampa)
Erie – RF Jamie Johnson (.268), SS Eugenio Suarez (.250), CF Daniel Fields (.284), DH Ramon Cabrera (.296), LF Tyler Collins (.230), C James McCann (.278), 3B Wade Gaynor (.228), 1B Brandon Douglas (.242), 2B Marcus Lemon (.250)
Notes: Jamie Johnson was named the Eastern League offensive player of the week. He is hitting .438 over his past 10 games, including seven runs scored and 13 walks. Johnson has 77 walks this season, which is second in the Eastern League behind Binghamton’s Allan Dykstra at 86. … Tyler Collins has 17 home runs this season. He is fifth in the Eastern League and only two behind leader Jim Murphy of Reading. … Click here for a notebook heading into the home stretch of the season. Erie plays 30 games in 28 days with one off day on Monday. … Justin Souza returns to the SeaWolves today after being sent down from Triple-A Toledo. Souza replaces Tyler Clark in the bullpen, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday. Clark has neck and back tightness and there is no timetable for his return. … Erie manager Chris Cron confirmed Melvin Mercedes is his closer even with the return of Souza.