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Defensive Miscues Cost Thunder in 5-3 Loss

July 31, 2013

TRENTON, NJ - Curtis Granderson was in the lineup for a second consecutive game, but defensive miscues unraveled an otherwise well-pitched game in Trenton's 5-3 loss to the Harrisburg Senators Wednesday afternoon.

Four of the five runs that the Senators notched in their win were unearned as three errors proved costly for the Thunder. The first run of the game scored on a throwing error by Casey Stevenson with two outs on a grounder to third base in the 3rd inning. An inning later, Harrisburg scored again with a runner on second base and two outs. Ricky Hague struck out for Harrisburg on a ball in the dirt that got away momentarily from the catcher Farnham. The throw by Farnham got away from the first baseman Kyle Roller and allowed Hague- who was off on the pitch in the dirt- to score without a play to the plate.

After having a bases-loaded walk produce a run in the top of the 7th inning, Harrisburg plated two more on a fielding error on the next batter that glanced off Stevenson's glove and into left field. It was 5-1 at the time, and though Trenton added a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th to trim the deficit to 5-3, that would be as close as Trenton would get the rest of the way.

Nik Turley collected the loss despite not allowing an earned run. He exited after six full innings with the Thunder trailing 2-1. The lefty allowed two unearned runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six. While his record on the season drops to 8-6, his ERA drops from 4.23 to 3.99.

Granderson finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a single. He also scored Trenton's second run of the game when he came home on Slade Heathcott's opposite field double with two outs in the 7th inning. He played the entire game as the Designated Hitter and was 2-for-6 with two walks in two games with the Thunder..

The Thunder and Senators battle in the rubber game of the three-game series Thursday night at ARM & HAMMER Park. The ballgame begins at 7:05 p.m. and features LHP Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 2.92) for the Thunder facing Harrisburg Senators LHP Robbie Ray (2-1, 3.81). Limited tickets still available at or by calling the Thunder Ticket Office at (609)394-3300. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and streaming online begins at 6:45 p.m.