Cody Anderson, the Ducks starting pitcher Wednesday afternoon, warmed up quite a bit the previous night before the game was postponed due to snowy and cold weather.
Thus, it was questionable whether the right-hander would start the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader or be bumped back for added rest. Ultimately, it was decided the big 6-foot-4, 220-pounder would go ahead and take the mound Wednesday for the 12:05 p.m. start, but he ended up struggling in the brief outing.
Although Anderson labored from the start, he held off Trenton (6-6) until his third and final inning in the Ducks 4-3 Game One victory. Thunder designated hitter Ben Gamel scored the game’s first run via a RBI-double. Despite Anderson’s issues commanding the ball, he gave up just the lone run on four hits and two walks to keep the Ducks (6-6) in the game.
Anderson didn’t figure into the decision however, thanks to his teammates quickly getting him off the hook with two runs in the bottom of the third on Joe Wendle’s run-scoring single and Bryson Myles’ sacrifice fly.
The Thunder briefly tied the game in the top of the fourth against reliever Francisco Valera, who ended up earning the win anyway. Taylor Dugas singled and stole second then scored on Ali Castillo’s base hit to right field.
But the Ducks plated single runs in the fourth (aided by a throwing error) and fifth (on a hit by pitch) innings, then held off the Thunder’s late rally in the seventh.
Trenton cut the deficit to a run in the final inning against Ducks left-hander Giovanni Soto to make it a close game late. In his second inning of work, Soto issued a lead off walk and then withstood two errors behind him before getting out of the jam to notch his first save of the season. In five appearances so far this season, Soto has not allowed an earned run.
Ducks centerfielder Tyler Naquin led the offense with the team’s only multi-hit effort of the seven-inning game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Naquin had two singles, including beating out a bunt hit in the third inning.
Thunder centerfielder Mason Williams led the visitors offensively, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Trenton starter Jeremy Bleich took the loss, dropping to 1-2 on the season.