Thunder Sweep Doubleheader, Take Four of Five In Weekend Set

By Trenton Thunder | June 18, 2017 5:36 PM ET

The Thunder took both games of Sunday's doubleheader to secure a series victory over the Erie SeaWolves at ARM & HAMMER Park. The Thunder took the opener of the series on the strength of a three-hit shutout from Justus Sheffield in a 6-0 win and completed the sweep with a 4-2 win in game two.

In game one of the doubleheader, the Thunder scored six times in the fourth inning to take the 6-0 victory. Working against Beau Burrows, Billy Fleming drove in a run with a single and Abiatal Avelino followed him with a two-run double. After a run-scoring single from Thairo Estrada, Burrows was lifted; but, the Thunder offense kept on rolling with back-to-back run-scoring singles from Rashad Crawford and Miguel Andujar.

With the 6-0 lead, lefty Justus Sheffield had all the support he would need as he threw his first career shutout. In the seven innings pitched, Sheffield allowed three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. It was the seventh straight start in which Sheffield threw at least six innings as he dropped his season ERA to 2.99.

In the second game of the twin bill, the Thunder took a back-and-forth affair, 4-2.

Billy McKinney hit an opposite field solo home run in the first inning off of Waldis Joaquin, however, the lead didn't last for long as Erie plated a pair in their half of the second. Logan Watkins scored a run with a groundout and Tim Remes put the 'Wolves in front with an RBI single.

The Thunder took the lead for good in the third inning with four straight hits to begin the inning. Billy McKinney drove in Thairo Estrada with a double and late in the frame, Mike Ford singled in McKinney. With two out, another run scored on a fielder's choice to give the Thunder a 4-2 advantage.

Daniel Camarena made the start for the Thunder and went the first four innings allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. Cody Carroll earned the win with three shutout innings of relief after Camarena. Carroll struck out three and allowed just one baserunner.

With the win, the Thunder earned four wins in the five game set with Erie. The Thunder own the league's best record at 45-23 and have earned a win in the season series against Erie, finishing with an 8-6 mark against the SeaWolves in 2017.

Your Thunder will have an off day on Monday before beginning a six-game road trip to Altoona and Reading. The Thunder return home on Monday, June 26 for a four-game set with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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