TRENTON – A pitching duel quickly turned ugly as Dan Camarena’s best performance of the season was spoiled in the sixth inning and left the Trenton Thunder on the wrong side of an 8-2 score on Wednesday night at Arm & Hammer Park.
Camarena, who entered the night with a 1-5 record and 6.62 ERA, held the New Hampshire Fisher Cats scoreless through five innings, but surrendered a pair of two-run home runs in the sixth inning to give New Hampshire a 4-0 lead. The young left-hander finished the evening having allowed the four runs on six hits while striking out a pair.
Despite his struggles in the sixth, Thunder manager Tony Franklin walked away from the evening impressed with Camarena’s performance.
“I liked what he was doing out there the first five innings,” Franklin said. “He was good. I thought he was going to sail. And he would have, if all we do is make a play.”
The 21-year-old Camarena’s night ended when he was relieved by Francisco Rondon, a former member of the Yankees’ 40-man roster. Rondon quickly got touched up as the Fisher Cats blew the game open after loaded the bases in the seventh inning. The left-hander then surrendered a grand slam to leadoff hitter Jon Berti, giving New Hampshire an eight-run cushion.
Thunder third baseman Dan Fiorito, who was excited to take the “Ice Bucket Challenge” with Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson prior to Wednesday’s game, led the team with three hits and an RBI on his 24th birthday. Mason Williams, Francisco Arcia, and Ali Castillo all recorded a pair of hits.
Trenton and New Hampshire wrap up their three-game series on Thursday night, when the Thunder will send RHP Jaron Long (5-1, 2.96 ERA) to the mound. He will square off with RHP Scott Copeland (8-7, 3.70 ERA). First pitch from Arm & Hammer Park is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
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