(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – The Trenton Thunder (35-21) used five early runs on Sunday to beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (35-21) 5-2 and complete a three-game sweep at Waterfront Park. Cody Johnson continued his recent surge, going 3-4 with two runs batted in, and Craig Heyer hurled six and one-thirds innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.
New Hampshire jumped ahead of the Thunder in the first two games of this series, so Trenton made a point to score early and often against the Fisher Cats Sunday. In the first inning, Corban Joseph doubled home Ray Kruml, and before an out had been recorded the Thunder had a 1-0 lead. Later in the frame, Jose Pirela grounded out to bring home a run and the Thunder led 2-0.
Trenton was back at it in the bottom of the second inning, looking to extend a 2-1 advantage. In his first at bat in 2011, Ryan Baker drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Addison Maruszak for his first career Double A RBI. Four batters later with two outs and the bases loaded, Cody Johnson, arguably the hottest hitter in the Eastern League, knocked a single up the middle to bring home two runs to extend the Thunder lead to 5-1.
The five runs would be plenty for Thunder starting pitcher Craig Heyer, who was in a groove on the mound in his ninth start of 2011. The righty hurled a season-long six and one-thirds innings, surrendering just six hits and two runs. After Heyer handed the ball to Josh Schmidt to get the team through the eighth inning, Tim Norton slammed the door in the ninth for his sixth save of 2011.
The first-place Trenton Thunder will begin a four-game series with the Reading Phillies Monday night at 7:05 PM from FirstEnergy Stadium. LHP Manny Banuelos (2-0, 2.12) gets the pearl for Trenton, while the R-Phils will counter with RHP Josh Zeid (2-3, 6.44). Tune-in to the game from Reading, PA on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:50 PM.