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Early Offense Not Enough in 4-3 Loss to Sea Dogs

May 17, 2014

PORTLAND, ME - A diving play by Portland second baseman Mookie Betts, turned into a game-ending double-play and thwarted what was a bases loaded, no outs situation in the 9th inning of Trenton's 4-3 loss to the Sea Dogs.

After allowing a solo homer to Portland's Travis Shaw in the bottom of the 8th for a 4-3 deficit, the Thunder loaded the bases with a walk, hit-by-pitch and an error by third baseman Heiker Meneses. The next batter was Ben Gamel who was celebrating his 22nd birthday and was 3-for-4 in the ballgame up to that point. Reliever Jose Valdez fanned Gamel for the first out of the inning however, and it brought Rob Refsnyder to the plate.

Refsnyder slapped a line drive to the right side of the infield but Betts dove to make the catch, popped to his feet, wheeled around and threw behind Taylor Dugas at second base for the final out of the ballgame.

The Thunder jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Peter O'Brien's fifth home run in seven games with Trenton, and consecutive doubles by Tyler Austin and Dan Fiorito in the second inning. A sacrifice fly by Gary Sanchez scored Gamel in the third for a 3-0 lead.

The loss spoils the Double-A debut of Eric Ruth who allows two runs over 4.2 innings, but did not factor in the decision. Trenton, who has now lost a season-worst five games in a row, is 3.5 games behind East Division leader Portland.

The Thunder conclude their three-game series with Portland Saturday at Hadlock Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with a 12:45 pre-game show that can be found streaming on 91.3 FM, the TuneIn Radio app and on