(PR) (Portland, ME) – The Trenton Thunder (30-19) scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to come from behind to beat the Portland Sea Dogs (13-33) 5-2 Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at Hadlock Field. Cody Johnson hit his second two-run homerun in as many days, and Shaeffer Hall only surrendered one earned run in seven innings to grab his fourth win of 2011. The win clinches the series for Trenton, who have now won eight of nine series.
Trailing 2-0 for most of the game, the Thunder bats woke up in the top of the seventh thanks to Cody Johnson. With Bradley Suttle at second base and two outs, Johnson lined an 0-2 pitch from Cesar Cabral over the centerfield wall to tie the score 2-2.
Looking to take their first lead of the ballgame in the top of the eighth, the Thunder got singles from Addison Maruszak and Corban Joseph to put men and first and third with two outs. Thunder catcher Austin Romine then grounded a single up the middle to score Maruszak, and Trenton took its first lead of the game, 3-2. One pitch later, Bradley Suttle tripled to deep centerfield to clear the bases and give the Thunder a 5-2 advantage.
Thunder starter Shaeffer Hall then handed the ball to Tim Norton who retired six straight Sea Dogs to end the game to pick up his fourth save of the season.
The Thunder will play the finale of their five-game series with the Portland Sea Dogs Monday at 1:00 PM at Hadlock Field. Trenton will send RHP Dellin Betances (3-1, 1.30) to the mound. Betances will oppose Portland’s RHP Alex Wilson (4-3, 2.85). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 12:45 PM.