(PR) Erie, PA- A seventh inning rally sparked a come-from-behind victory for the Thunder against the Sea Wolves, as Trenton beat Erie 11-5 in the first game of their three game set. With the win, Trenton snaps a five game losing streak dating back to Saturday.
Erie’s bats came alive in the first two innings off RHP Ryan Pope. In total, they scored four runs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Justin Henry. The Sea Wolves would lead by as much as 5-2 before the Thunder bats came alive over the last four innings.
With a runner on first in the sixth inning, INF Brandon Laird hit a two-run home run over the right field wall to cut Erie’s lead to one. Then, the Thunder would tie the game and take the lead with three runs in the seventh off Erie reliever Jay Voss (0-1) and take a 7-5 lead. In the eighth, Edwar Gonzalez hit an RBI single to bring inReid Gorecki. Marcos Vechionacci reached base on a single to move Gonzalez to second, and then Luis Nunez brought everyone home with a three-run home run to give the Thunder an 11-5 lead.
Nunez finished the night 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. The Trenton bullpen led by Noel Castillo (1-2) faced the minimum in four innings in relief of Pope.
Trenton is now 5-0 against Erie in 2010. Overall, they improve to 10-11.
The Thunder and Sea Wolves play the second game of their series on Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:05 PM. LHP Jeremy Bleich starts for Trenton, and Erie will go with RHP LJ Gagnier.