(PR) (New Britain, CT) – David Adams went 5-for-5 with three RBI and Dellin Betances struck out six in 6.2 sharp innings as the Trenton Thunder defeated the New Britain Rock Cats, 7-6, Thursday night to begin a four-game series at New Britain Stadium. Danny Farquhar retired all five batters he faced to halt a late comeback attempt and Trenton pounded out 17 hits as the Thunder (52-38) pulled two games ahead of the Rock Cats for first place in the Eastern Division standings.
Adams collected an RBI single in the first, and RBI double in the fourth and another RBI single in the sixth. He added his fifth hit in the eighth against reliever Edgar Ibarra, giving the Thunder their first five-hit game of the season. The 40-man roster member is now batting .489 (22-45) his last 11 games played.
Betances (1-1) allowed only five hits before exiting with a 7-4 lead in the seventh. He walked only one batter and at one point retired ten consecutive Rock Cats. After Lee Hyde allowed two runs in the eighth, Farquhar finished his second straight game with a save. He has allowed no runs and only one hit in eight innings over four appearances with Trenton.
The Thunder scored two in the first, two in the third and another in the fourth against New Britain starter Aaron Thompson (3-4), who allowed ten hits in five innings. J.R. Murphy collected his first two Eastern League hits, including an RBI single in the first, while Kevin Mahoney came off the disabled list and went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a double.
The Thunder and Rock Cats continue the four-game series on Friday night with first pitch slated for 7:05 pm. Left-hander Vidal Nuno (4-1, 1.22) is expected to start for Trenton while New Britain counters with righty Shairon Martis (6-3, 5.23). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm.