Archive for May 20th, 2012

Hall Huge In Another Thunder Win

May 20, 2012

(PR) (Manchester, NH) – Shaeffer Hall came within one out of a complete game as the Trenton Thunder rolled to an 8-3 win to complete a three-game sweep of the new Hampshire Fisher Cats Sunday afternoon. Hall (4-4) threw a career-high 8.2 innings to win his second game on the road trip and move Trenton (22-18) a season high four games above .500. The Thunder out-scored New Hampshire 18-5 in the sweep.

The left-hander Hall allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and did not walk a batter while striking out three. He allowed a two-out, two-run home run to Mike McDade in the ninth and was then pulled in favor of Ryan Pope, who recorded the final out. In two games on the trip, Hall pitched 15.1 innings and allowed three runs while not walking a batter.

Dan Brewer went 2-for-3 with a walk and his first home run of the season, a blast to left that put the Thunder ahead 4-1 in the seventh inning. Cody Johnson had given Trenton an early 1-0 lead by delivering an RBI single in the first against Fisher Cats starter Joel Carreno (0-1), the fourth straight game he had driven in a run in the first inning.

Trenton added two runs in the fifth, eighth and ninth innings. David Adams recorded two sacrifice flies while Corban Joseph and Yadil Mujica each picked up RBI hits.

Abraham Almonte, Joseph, and Brewer each had a pair of hits while Johnson extended his hitting streak to a team-season-high nine games. He has 12 RBI and four homers during those nine. The Thunder finished the six-game road trip with a 4-2 record.

Trenton next returns home for a four-game series against Akron, which holds the best record in the Eastern League at 26-14. Game one will be Monday night at 7:05 pm, with right-hander Brett Marshall (4-1, 2.79) expected to start for Trenton against righty Brett Brach (0-1, 5.87). Limited tickets are available by contacting the Thunder box office at 609-394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com.

Miller Solidifies Starting Spot In Win

May 20, 2012

(PR) (Manchester, NH) – Adam Miller pitched 4.1 shutout innings in his first start in four years while Cody Johnson hit two RBI doubles as the Trenton Thunder beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 3-1, Saturday night to clinch a series win. Miller, in his first appearance since being sent from AAA Scranton, allowed four hits and struck out one before reaching his pitch count limit in the fifth.

Johnson’s first RBI two-base hit came in the top of the first against New Hampshire starter Randy Boone (0-2), who allowed hits to three of the first four Trenton batters then left the game with an injury. Dan Brewer increased the lead to 2-0 in the fourth with an RBI single off of Danny Farquhar.

In the fifth inning Corban Joseph singled with one out against Farquhar, his third hit of the game, and moved to second on a groundout by David Adams. Johnson then looped another double to the opposite field to score Joseph and make the score 3-0. Johnson has an eight-game hitting streak during which he has 11 RBI.

Preston Claiborne (2-0) threw two scoreless relief innings in the seventh and eighth and was awarded the victory since Miller didn’t last the necessary five innings to quality. Ryan Flannery pitched around a two-out single in the ninth to record his fifth save, his first one since May 3.

Kevin Mahoney went 0-for-4 and saw his consecutive on-base streak end at 25 games.

The Thunder will go for the series sweep in game three of the series on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1:35 pm. Lefty Shaeffer Hall (3-4) will start for Trenton, while righty Joel Carreno (0-0) will pitch for New Hampshire. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 1:20 pm.


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