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Roller, Tracy lead Thunder to victory

Kyle Roller ripped a home run on the first pitch he saw this season.
Kyle Roller ripped a home run on the first pitch he saw this season.
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ERIE, PA – Kyle Roller launched a three-run home run in his first at-bat of the season, providing enough offensive support to lead the Trenton Thunder to a 4-2 victory over the Erie SeaWolves on Sunday afternoon.

Roller, who led the Thunder in home runs and RBIs last season, was added to the roster Sunday morning and launched the first pitch he saw this season over the left field wall, scoring Tyler Austin and Ben Gamel and giving Trenton a 3-0 lead. Mason Williams would add the team’s fourth run with a solo home run to right field in the third inning.

Erie got two runs back in the fourth inning, when three of the first four hitters in the inning ripped doubles off Thunder starting pitcher Matt Tracy. However, Tracy was able to induce an inning-ending double play two batters later to escape any further damage. The outing would be good enough for Tracy to earn his second win of the season. He allowed just the two runs over six innings pitched, while permitting seven hits and a walk to Erie and striking out four batters.

Pat Venditte provided 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief before Taylor Garrison recorded the final four outs to earn his first Double-A save. Garrison had 11 saves last season between Charleston and Tampa, and appears to be in line for the majority of Trenton’s save opportunities.

The Thunder will head to Akron next, where they will play a three-game series against the RubberDucks before returning home. Staff ace Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 9.00 ERA) will take the mound for the series opener in Akron, squaring off against Gabriel Arias. First pitch on Monday is slated for 6:35 PM.

Dan is’s beat writer for the New York Yankees and the Trenton Thunder. Follow him on Twitter at @danpfeiffer74 for all the latest New York Yankees news.

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