HARTFORD, CT - Before another sellout crowd of 6,728 at Dunkin' Donuts Park, the Trenton Thunder struck for early offense but couldn't secure the victory in a 5-4 loss to the Hartford Yard Goats Wednesday afternoon.
Your Thunder put three runs on the board in the top of the 1st inning, as they attacked Hartford starter Konner Wade with fire and fury. Nick Solak singled with one out and rehabbing New York Yankees outfielder, Aaron Hicks, followed him with a two-run home run into the outfield seating in right field. The offense continued their roll after the homer as Ryan McBroom doubled and Dante Bichette Jr. followed him with a single to put runners on second and third with one out. Zack Zehner then extended his hit streak to five straight games with a single to grab a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Righty Will Carter allowed just three baserunners across his first four innings pitched before running into trouble with two outs in the fifth. Ashley Graeter and Correlle Prime hit back-to-back solo home runs to bring the Goats within a run. Carter had thrown 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings until the home run by Graeter, matching the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched set by Dietrich Enns in 2016. The Goats tied the game in the sixth inning when Josh Fuentes hit another solo home run. After throwing 154.1 professional innings and allowing just two home runs, Carter surrendered three solo home runs to the next five batters he faced. The Goats Took the lead after Fuentes' home run when Brian Mundell doubled in Drew Weeks.
Zack Zehner tied the game with a solo home run of his own in the top of the eighth, however, Hartford's Dom Nunez re-took the lead in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run of his own off of Cale Coshow.
Jeff Hendrix recorded a three-hit game as part of a 12-hit outburst for the Thunder offense. Zehner's home run was his ninth of the season, extending his career-high.
Rehabbing Yankees outfield Aaron Hicks went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the game.
The Thunder and Goats will meet for the rubber match of their series on Thursday night at Dunkin' Donuts Park. RHP Domingo Acevedo (5-1, 2.34) will go for the Thunder, LHP Jack Wynkoop (5-8, 4.73) will throw for the Goats. Pre-game coverage begins on 920 AM WNJE at 6:50pm with Adam Giardino and Jon Mozes. For more information on Thunder baseball visit www.trentonthunder.com.
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