The Ducks took a 1-0 loss in Game Two of their doubleheader split with visiting Trenton, being shut out by Thunder starter Zach Nuding on a complete-game, two-hit shutout.
The right-hander was in control from the start, walking just one batter while striking out five to improve to 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA on the young season. Nuding’s standout performance overshadowed another solid effort by Ducks pitcher Joe Colon.
The Ducks right-hander allowed one run – a home run by Thunder first baseman Kyle Roller – over six innings. Colon dished up the homer on the first pitch of the second inning and walked four, but stayed out of throuble the rest of the way – including getting out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in his final inning in the sixth.
Ducks left-hander Kyle Crockett, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning, has not allowed a run in all 14 of his Double-A appearances dating back to last season.
Hearty cheers rung out among the sparse crowd at chilly Canal Park in the second inning when Indians rehabber Jason Giambi (ribs) stepped to the plate for the first time. With the Thunder in a defensive shift, Giambi popped out to second base, extending his hitless streak to 0-for-7 in his third game at Akron.
Giambi worked a full-count, two-out walk in his second at-bat, but was stranded. In his third at-bat, Giambi was called out on strikes, making him 0-for-2 on the day and hitless in three rehab appearances at Akron. He could be activated from the disabled list Friday when his teammates return home from their road trip to Chiago and Detroit and kick off a seven-game homestand at Progressive Field.