PORTLAND, ME - In a game that saw the Trenton Thunder and Portland Sea Dogs trade punches from the opening bell (the ballgame was tied 4-4 after the first inning), the Thunder scored four times in the ninth inning to break a 10-10 tie and win 14-10.
Tied 10-10 in the top of the 9th inning, Trenton loaded the bases with three walks to the first four batters, and Taylor Dugas pinch-hit for Yeral Sanchez. With one out and the infield pulled in, Dugas was hit on the second pitch of the plate appearance against newly-inserted righty Michael Olmstead. In a ballgame that featured a total of 24 runs on 29 hits, the winning run scored on a hit-by-pitch.
Two batters later, Ali Castillo stood-in with the bases loaded and two outs and drew the count 3-0 against Olmstead. After taking a couple of strikes, Castillo lined a double towards the Maine Monster at Hadlock Field for a three-run double to give Trenton a 14-10 into the bottom of the 9th.
Branden Pinder recorded an out to strand two runners in the 8th inning and was the pitcher of record for Trenton in the game which took 3:27 in front of 5,037 fans. Pinder moves to 2-0 on the season and has now thrown 10.0 scoreless innings to begin the season.
Kyle Roller connected for two homeruns on his perfect evening at the plate- the second of which completed back-to-back homeruns in the 5th inning- and now has seven homeruns in 10 games this season. Roller, who also has six homers in his last seven games, walked twice and was hit by a pitch to reach all five times at-bat in the ballgame.
Starting pitcher Matt Tracy did not factor in the decision for Trenton. He allowed 12 hits and seven runs (7 ER) in 4.1 IP.
The Thunder scored a season-high four runs in the first inning, but Portland scored the next six to take a 6-4 lead into the 5th inning. In the 5th, Rob Segedin blasted an opposite-field three-run homer and Roller connected for his second of the game immediately after for an 8-6 Thunder lead. Portland scored the next three runs to take a 9-8 lead, and then Mason Williams delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 8th to put Trenton ahead 10-9. A ground-out with one out and runners at first and third by Stefan Welch plated Mookie Betts in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game.
Trenton returns to action Saturday against the Sea Dogs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with the Trenton Thunder pre-game show beginning at 12:45 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR, 1490 AM WBCB or online at www.trentonthunder.com.