TRENTON, N.J. — Eric Wooten and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout, as the Trenton Thunder took the series opener from the Portland Sea Dogs, 2-0 on Monday night at Arm & Hammer Park.
Trenton (39-45) scored both runs with two outs, receiving a run-scoring single by Peter O’Brien in the first.
The Thunder added their second run in the fourth. O’Brien led off with a single, followed by a walk to Tyler Austin. After a 6-4-3 double play, Casey Stevenson blooped a run-scoring single to left.
Wooten (3-3) earned the win for Trenton firing 6.1 innings on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. The lefty held the Sea Dogs 1-for-7 with runners-in-scoring position.
Taylor Garrison entered the game in the seventh inning and recorded five outs for the hold. Tyler Webb pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.
Despite his third quality start in Double-A, Luis Diaz (2-1) took his first loss in a Sea Dog uniform. The righty gave up both runs over six innings on seven hits. Noe Ramirez closed out the night with two perfect innings for the Sea Dogs (54-28).
Portland’s Derrik Gibson singled and finished June with a .404 average. Gibson has reached base safely 17 times during the trip. Blake Swihart went 2-for-3 and Matt Spring doubled.