(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – Kevin Mahoney, Abraham Almonte and Cody Johnson each hit two-run home runs to propel the Trenton Thunder past the Portland Sea Dogs, 7-4, Sunday afternoon in front of 4,763 fans at Waterfront Park. Trenton (18-16) takes the series 3 games to 1 and moves two games above the .500 mark for the first time all season.
The 3 hour and 12 minute game featured 41 total baserunners – 23 for Trenton (13 hits, 9 walks and 1 hit batter) and 18 for Portland (14 hits, 3 walks and 1 hit batter). There were a combined 24 runners left on base between the two teams.
Mahoney put Trenton on the board with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot against Sea Dogs’ starter Chris Balcom-Miller (2-3) in the second inning. Melky Mesa extended the lead to 3-1 in the third with an infield RBI hit against Balcom-Miller.
The Thunder pulled away in the sixth against reliever Charle Rosario. Addison Maruszak worked a leadoff walk and Almonte followed with a shot off the right-field foul pole for his fourth long ball of the season. Corban Joseph then walked and two batters later Johnson clobbered his second home run in as many days, a monster two-run blast over everything in right center that made the score 7-1.
Craig Heyer started the game for Trenton but left after only three innings of one-run ball. Francisco Rondon (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win, while four more relievers combined to finish the victory.
Almonte went 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Mesa also recorded a three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run scored. David Adams and Johnson also recorded a pair of hits. Bryce Brentz went 5-for-5 to pace Portland’s 14-hit attack.
The Thunder have Monday off before beginning a six-game road trip Tuesday night in Binghamton. Game one against the Mets will have a 6:35 pm first pitch with lefty Shaeffer Hall (2-4, 4.17) slated to pitch for the Thunder against lefty Mark Cohoon (2-3, 2.06). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:20 pm.