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Setting the Pre-Game Scene in Akron: Thunder vs. Rubberducks 4/14

by Matt Kardos | Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Thunder salvaged a series split of  a four-game set with the Erie Sea Wolves yesterday. The 4-2 win improved Trenton to 5-5 overall on the season as they pull into Akron to open up a three-game series with the Rubberducks. Manager Tony Franklin received a huge jolt to his offense yesterday by adding slugging first baseman Kyle Roller to the roster. Roller jacked 17 homers and drove in 69 runs for the Thunder last season and adds a huge jolt of much needed power to their lineup. The team headed north at the beginning of the month and left Roller behind in Tampa so that he could rehab an undisclosed injury. To make room for Roller on the roster, Trenton transferred Zach Wilson to the Staten Island roster.

Kyle Roller returned to the Thunder lineup yesterday and blasted a homerun on the first pitch that he saw this season.

Kyle Roller returned to the Thunder lineup yesterday and blasted a home run on the first pitch that he saw this season.

The addition paid immediate dividends for Trenton; Roller stepped up to the plate with two runners on in the first inning of the series finale with Erie yesterday and hammered the first pitch he saw this season for a three-run homer. That proved to be all of the offense Trenton would need as Matt Tracy allowed just one run over six innings to earn the win for the Thunder.

Bryan Mitchell will take the ball for Trenton tonight looking for his first win of the season. The long battles with inconsistency have followed Mitchell into 2014 as he has opened his campaign with an 0-2 record and a 9.00 ERA. In his first two starts of the season, both at Arm & Hammer Park, Mitchell has been matched up with arguably the two best pitchers in the league this season in Aaron Sanchez of New Hampshire and Henry Owens of Portland. Though he certainly has struggled to throw strikes, Mitchell has received an average of just one run per game.

Opposing Mitchell on the mound tonight will be 24-year old Gabriel Arias for Akron. Arias is coming off of his first Double-A win last week when he threw five innings against the Altoona Curve, yielding two unearned runs in the effort.

Thunder lineup:

1, Mason Williams-CF

2. Ben Gamel-LF

3. Rob Segedin-3B

4. Kyle Roller-1B

5. Tyler Austin-DH

6. Taylor Dugas-RF

7. Dan Fiorito-2B

8. Francisco Arcia-C

9. Ali Castillo-SS

SP-Bryan Mitchell

 

Rubberducks lineup:

1. Tyler Naquin-CF

2. Francisco Lindor-SS

3. Joe Wendle-2B

4. Ronny Rodriguez-3B

5. Jake Lowery-DH

6. Tony Wolters-C

7. Jordan Smith-RF

8. Tyler Holt-LF

9. Jerrud Sabourin-1B

SP-Garbiel Arias

 

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