Thunder Finally Two Games Over .500

(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.

7 Responses to “Thunder Finally Two Games Over .500”

  1. Tom from Phila Says:

    I wish they would play consistently like they did this series.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    yeah maybe they all have blisters what a bunch of crap that is

  3. Anonymous Says:

    yeah it matters ther holding out a good pitcher and blaming it on a 3 week blister really yeah it matters

    • Peter Lacock Says:

      If you’re referring to Josh Romanski, both Mike & Josh have confirmed that his blister is legit.
      As much as every team (not just the Yankees) uses phantom injuries to fortify their rosters, very rarely if ever is a good player shutdown for no reason. Org guys usually get that kind of treatment.
      As far as 3 weeks goes, it takes as long as it takes. A few days or maybe a week ago I think it was Mike that reported there was still a spot healing on his finger.
      Personally, beyond the jokes, it doesn’t matter to me how the Yanks choose to manipulate the roster. It’s not like they’re DL-ing the best players all willy nilly trying to lose or something.

      • Peter Lacock Says:

        And when I say Mike & Josh, I mean Mike & Josh Norris, not Josh Romanski.

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