By Trenton Thunder Media Relations / Trenton Thunder | July 16, 2017 12:19 AM ET
HARTFORD, CT - A game that featured early offense, finished with a blast off the bat of Hartford Yard Goats shortstop Brendan Rodgers as the Trenton Thunder fell 7-6 in 13 innings Saturday night at Dunkin' Donuts Park.
Your Thunder fell behind early with the Yard Goats scoring four runs in the top of the 1st inning including back-to-back home runs by Rodgers and Drew Weeks to take a 4-0 lead. Trenton was on the comeback trail shortly thereafter with a pair of runs in the top of the 2nd inning to cut the deficit in half at 4-2.
Trenton continued to attack in the top of the 4th innings with doubles by Francisco Diaz, Tito Polo and Thairo Estrada to tie the game 4-4. The next man up was Billy Fleming and he connected on a go-ahead two-run homer to left field for his second home run in as many nights at DD Park. The 6-4 lead was short-lived for your Thunder as the goats got a second homer of the night from Weeks and his two-run blast tied it 6-6.
Domingo Acevedo got the start for your Thunder and allowed six runs over four innings including the three early home runs. Before allowing three home runs in 4.0 innings Saturday, Acevedo had allowed one homer in 45.1 innings to begin his Double-A career.
The game remained the same score all the way into extra innings thanks to season-best performances out of the bullpen by Will Carter and Cale Coshow. Carter went 3.2 scoreless innings out of the 'pen which was immediately followed by 3.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts from Coshow. Those two outings bridged the game through the 11th inning before the walk-off homer in the 13th.
Your Thunder return to action Sunday afternoon with a 1:35 p.m. first pitch against the Hartford Yard Goats. Pregame coverage with Adam Giardino begins at 1:20 p.m. on 920 AM The Jersey and online at www.trentonthunder.com/broadcast
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