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Pineda lights-out in 4-0 shutout of Erie

06/26/2013 12:22 AM ET
By Trenton Thunder Media Relations

Michael Pineda struck out four batters in six innings of work Tuesday night for the Trenton Thunder.(David Fenster )
TRENTON, NJ – Michael Pineda’s rehab start with the Trenton Thunder lived up to the billing as he anchored a two-man, three-hit, 4-0 shutout of the Erie SeaWolves in front of 6,189 fans Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.

The 2011 American League All-Star with the Seattle Mariners made his third official rehab start this season, after his first two came with the High-A Tampa Yankees. Pineda finished with four strikeouts in six innings and allowed just two walks and two hits to the SeaWolves on 78 pitches.

Then it was Francisco Rondon’s turn to pitch against the ‘Wolves and he shut them down—retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced. Five of the nine outs he recorded were strikeouts and his three innings out of the bullpen were enough for his first save of the season.

Offensively, Trenton was paced by a three-HR attack which was the first of its kind at ARM & HAMMER Park this season. Andrew Clark, playing in his fifth game for the Thunder, connected for his first Double-A homerun in the 2nd inning to double the Thunder’s early lead and make it 2-0.

In the 4th inning, Clark would again connect for a solo homer. The homer was the back end of back-to-back homers by Clark and SS Carmen Angelini who hadn’t homered in his first 38 Double-A at-bats after hitting five homers with Tampa before his promotion.

The Thunder complete their three-games series Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. against the Erie SeaWolves. The game features LHP Nik Turley (6-5, 4.42) for the Thunder facing Erie’s RHP Drew VerHagen (0-1, 1.50). Limited tickets are available through the Thunder box office at (609) 394-3300 or online at www.trentonthunder.com/tickets. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 11:45 a.m.

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