(PR) TRENTON, NJ – For a second consecutive night, the Thunder offense used a big inning to secure a victory at ARM & HAMMER Park—this time in an 8-3 win over the Portland Sea Dogs.
The Thunder offense mashed out 12 hits one night after connecting for 11 hits. Trenton has now gone 23-for-71 (.324 BA) with 17 runs in the first two games of this three-game series.
Kyle Roller’s 3-for-4 night paced the offense including providing the bookends of the 8-run onslaught. Roller hit a dribbler up the first base line with Slade Heathcott on first. The ball kicked high up off the bag for the first baseman Travis Shaw who had to leap to snag it. By the time he flipped to starting pitcher, knuckleball Charlie Haeger covering the bag, Roller won the footrace.
Five innings later with the Thunder already leading 7-1, Roller smashed a homer to left-center field that cleared the 32-foot high wall of billboards traveling well over 400 feet to the opposite field for the lefty Roller.
Mikey O’Brien gets the win for the Thunder to move to 5-2 on the season. He tossed six innings of one-run ball and didn’t give up a run until the 6th. He finished the night with five hits allowed, one walk and five strikeouts on 87 pitches.
The Thunder win streak is at five games and they have won the five games by a combined score of 28-9. With the win, Trenton has now moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Division- one game ahead of the Sea Dogs.
The Thunder complete their three games series against the Portland Sea Dogs (Game 3 of a six-game homestand) Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The game features a starting pitcher matchup of RHP Sean Black (1-0, 1.50) against RHP Matt Barnes (3-4, 5.46) for Portland. Limited tickets are available through the Thunder box office at (609) 394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com/tickets. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 12:45 p.m.