Betances Strikes Out 10, Thunder Win In 10

(PR) (Reading, PA) – The Trenton Thunder (26-18) dramatically came from behind to beat the Reading Phillies (24-20) 4-3 in ten innings Wednesday night in game two of a three-game set from FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. Damon Sublett sent the game to extras with a two-out, solo homerun in the top of the ninth, and Jose Gil drove home the go-ahead run in the tenth to give the Thunder their season-high sixth straight win. With the series victory, Trenton has now won seven of eight series and has not lost a series in the month of May.

The R-Phils grabbed their first lead of the series on a Derrick Mitchell two-run homerun in the bottom of the second, but the Thunder would tie the score at two apiece in the top of the fourth. Austin Romine led the frame off with his eighth double of the season. The next batter, Jose Gil, also doubled, scoring Romine from second to cut the Reading lead in half at 2-1. Two batters later, with Gil at third and one out, Melky Mesa grounded out to shortstop to score Gil and tie the score at 2-2.

Reading took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on a single by Michael Spidale, and it looked like the Thunder’s five game winning streak would come to an end. But, down to their final out, Damon Sublett smacked a solo homerun over the wall in right field to dramatically tie the game at 3-3. It was Sublett’s first hit in four games for the Thunder in 2011.

After Wilkins Arias pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth, the Thunder looked to take the lead in the top of the tenth. Jose Pirela led the frame off with a single to left field and was advanced to second one batter later on Romine’s groundout. Jose Gil then lined a hard-hit ball off of the glove of Reading third baseman Carlos Rivero and into left field foul territory. Hustling around third was Pirela to score the go-ahead and eventual winning run and the Thunder led 4-3.

Fernando Hernandez picked-up his seventh save in the bottom of the tenth inning, but the R-Phils made it interesting. With a runner at second base and one out, Hernandez struck out Tuffy Gosewisch and induced a Freddy Galvis fly out to left for the final two outs in the win.

Thunder starter Dellin Betances did not factor in the decision, hurling a season-high six innings and ten strikeouts. Betances made one bad pitch all night, the two-run homerun to Mitchell in the second.    

The Thunder will attempt their second straight sweep as the team wraps its three-game series with the Reading Phillies at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday at 11:05 AM. RHP Craig Heyer (3-2, 3.19) will get the pearl for the Thunder. Heyer will oppose Reading’s RHP B.J. Rosenberg (0-0, 1.90). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 10:50 AM.

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