AKRON – Since receiving a June promotion to the Trenton Thunder, Daniel Camarena has improved at every turn, culminating in his best performance to date on Monday night. The 21-year-old left-hander struck out twelve hitters over eight innings of work as the Thunder destroyed the Akron RubberDucks 9-2 at Canal Park.
Camarena has appeared much more comfortable on the mound in his past three outings, and has shown noticeable improvement, even if the stat lines did not reflect it. With Monday’s eight-inning, one run outing, Camarena lowered his ERA on the season nearly a full run, down to 5.63.
The lone blemish for Camarena came in the bottom of the second inning, when he allowed back-to-back doubles to Alex Lavisky and Bryson Myles, allowing Akron to hit the scoreboard for the first and only time against the lefty.
After his last home start, Thunder manager Tony Franklin agreed that it had been his best start so far for Trenton. Now, it’s safe to say that Franklin walked away even more impressed in Akron on Monday.
The southpaw did not defeat Akron alone. He got a nice offensive boost from center fielder Mason Williams, who launched a grand slam as part of a five-run second inning that gave Camarena a comfortable lead. Top catching prospect Gary Sanchez also helped pad the lead with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.
After the victory, the Thunder winning streak stands at a season-long five games, during which time the offense has excelled. In the past four games, the team has scored 31 runs and recorded a .273 batting average.
The second game of Trenton’s final 2014 road series will feature right-hander Jaron Long (6-1, 2.54 ERA) for the Thunder against Akron southpaw Shawn Morimando (2-4, 3.92 ERA). First pitch from Canal Park in Akron will be 7:05 PM.