(Trenton, NJ) - Trenton's bats came to life in a big way Saturday, clubbing a franchise-record seven home runs in an 11-2 victory Saturday afternoon before 4,380 fans at Waterfront Park. After scoring only four total runs during the first two games of the season, the Thunder exploded for 11 tallies on 16 hits as they salvaged a win in the three-game series.
Rob Lyerly and Cody Johnson each homered twice to lead the long-ball parade. Trenton hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third, with Zoilo Almonte being followed by Lyerly and Melky Mesa.
After the Fisher Cats scored a run in the top of the first against Thunder starter Brett Marshall (1-0), Trenton tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Almonte's RBI hit. Johnson's first home run of the game and season gave the Thunder a 2-1 lead in the second.
Then leading 3-2 in the third, Almonte, Lyerly and Mesa hit consecutive home runs off New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire (0-1). It was the first time since 2004 that the team had hit three straight home runs, and left Trenton ahead 6-2.
Marshall settled in after a slow start and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced. He allowed two runs (earned) in five innings in winning his Eastern League debut.
Jose Gil hit his first long ball of the season in the fifth to make the score 8-2. Then Lyerly hit his second of the game in the seventh against reliever Ryan Tepera, a two-run shot landing off the batter's eye in straight away center making it 10-2. Johnson followed two hitters later with his second bomb to center in the game, setting the new franchise record with seven homers in the game.
McGuire allowed eight runs on 11 hits (5 home runs) in five innings and took the loss. Trenton used four relievers to finish the victory, as Kelvin Perez, Lee Hyde, Preston Claiborne and Ryan Pope each threw a scoreless frame.
Trenton is off Sunday, then begins a three-game series against Portland at Waterfront Park on Monday night with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. Thunder left-hander Josh Romanski is expected to pitch against Portland righty Billy Buckner. Limited tickets are available by contacting the box office at 609-394-3300 or online at www.trentonthunder.com.