HARTFORD, CT - The Trenton Thunder fell behind 4-0 in the 1st inning for the second straight game to the Hartford Yard Goats, and for the second straight game lost by a run-this time, 5-4 before a sellout crowd at Dunkin' Donuts Park.
Hartford send ten men to the plate in the 1st inning against your Thunder starting pitcher, Brody Koerner scoring runs on four hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch for the early lead. Trenton responded with three runs in the top of the 2nd inning to get back to within a run before a lead-off home run from Saturday's walk-off hero, Brendan Rodgers, gave Hartford a 5-2 lead.
From there, Koerner dazzled. He threw 38 pitches and allowed five runs on five hits over 1.0+ innings before allowing just two more hits the final six innings of his outing. He finished seven innings on 104 pitches before passing off to Anyelo Gomez for a scoreless bottom of the 8th inning.
In the top of the second, Billy Fleming connected on his 9th home run of the season with the Thunder (10th home run overall) including his third straight game with a homer. The last time a Thunder batter had three straight games with a home run was July 3-7, 2015 when Gary Sanchez homered in four straight games for the Thunder. A season ago, Kyle Higashioka homered in consecutive games four times, including a five-game stretch where he had five home runs, but never homered in three straight.
Vince Conde added a bases-loaded two-run double in the 2nd inning to bring Trenton back to within a run, and Zack Zehner did the same in the 5th inning with his RBI single scoring Rashad Crawford to make it 5-4.
Your Thunder pile on the bus and head to Portland immediately following Sunday's game to begin a three-game series with the Portland Sea Dogs Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Hadlock Field with pregame coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m. with Adam Giardino.
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