RubberDucks shutout by Trenton 2-0
BY DAVID WILSON
When Trenton’s Dietrich Enns struck out 11 batters and allowed just one hit over the first six innings Friday night, it was plain to see that the Enns would justify the means. The Thunder lefty combined with two relievers to throw a one-hit, 17-strikeout shutout as Trenton slipped by Akron, 2-0, at ARM & HAMMER Park.
For the second straight night, Trenton left-fielder Jake Cave delivered a key blow early. His two-run triple in the second inning off Akron starter Dace Kime (1-2) drove in the only runs of the ball game. It came after Kime issued a pair of two-out walks to Cito Culver and Tyler Wade. One night earlier, Cave blasted a three-run double in the second inning off Rob Kaminsky.
Kime walked six batters over four innings. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first, and worked around lead-off walks in the third and fourth. He allowed just two hits and struck out one. D.J. Brown came in after Kime and retired all nine hitters he faced. Ben Heller tossed a perfect ninth. Between the three, the final 14 Trenton hitters were retired in order.
The RubberDucks (10-5) found no traction against Enns (2-0), who has not given up a run in his first three starts (16.2 IP). He retired the first 11 Akron hitters he faced, nine via strikeouts. He walked Bradley Zimmer in the fourth inning, but kept the no-hitter alive until one out in the sixth when Clint Frazier doubled down the left field line. Enns walked the bases loaded that inning, but got Nellie Rodriguez to pop out to end the threat.
Enns, a former Central Michigan University pitcher, left after six innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts….Right-hander Jonathan Holder came on and fanned four more over two innings…Closer Mark Montgomery worked around two walks in the ninth to collect his second save in as many nights and his fifth of the year…Montgomery struck out two more in the ninth to give Trenton 17 strikeouts on the night…Zimmer walked three times and stole two bases…The RubberDucks were 0-4 with runners in scoring position…Yandy Diaz started at second base, and Eric Stamets started at third, thus flip-flopping their usual positions. It was the first time for each player at the new position in their respective careers…Time of game: 2:23…Attendance: 3,412.
The RubberDucks and Thunder will meet again in Game 3 of the series on Saturday afternoon at 5. RHP Adam Plutko is the announced starter for Akron, and LHP Jordan Montgomery is expected to get the ball for the Thunder. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App..
POSTED 04/22/2016 23:45