HARTFORD, CT - The game could not have begun any better for the Trenton Thunder - the fourth batter of the game slugged a grand slam clear out of Dunkin' Donuts Park - and yet they had to undo a 4-4 tie immediately thereafter to come away with a 7-4 victory over the Hartford Yard Goats Tuesday night.
With Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks in the lineup as the No. 3 hitter and DH, your Thunder got the first two men aboard to begin the game with singles off Hartford starting pitcher Parker French. Hicks followed with a walk before Mike Ford clubbed that grand slam out over the billboards atop the home run porch in right field.
The grand slam was the sixth of the year by your Thunder, which surpassed the franchise record of five which was done twice- in 1995 and 1999. The Thunder have six slams in 113 games this season after having just four over the previous three seasons spanning 426 games.
Hartford responded with four quick runs off Trenton starter Daniel Camarena, before your Thunder pitching locked-in down the stretch refusing to allow any runs over the final five frames. Colten Brewer and Anyelo Gomez combined out of the bullpen to throw 4.2 scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts. Gomez picked up the victory and improved to 3-1 on the season, while the scoreless 8th and 9th innings by Brewer earned him his 9th save in 11 chances.
Your Thunder scored single runs in the 3rd, 5th and 7th innings to take a lead and grow it to the 7-4 final margin.
With wins by the Reading Fightin Phils and Binghamton Rumble Ponies, your Thunder maintain their lead over second place by 10.0 games and 16.0 games for the second playoff spot. Entering Wednesday's afternoon game, your Thunder have a magic number of 12 to clinch a playoff spot and 19 to clinch the East Division title with 27 games remaining.
Your Thunder and the Hartford Yard Goats return to action Wednesday with a 12:05 p.m. first pitch. Pregame coverage with Adam Giardino and Jon Mozes begins at 11:50 a.m. on 920 AM WNJE and online at www.trentonthunder.com/broadcast.
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