By Jon Mozes / Trenton Thunder | June 16, 2017 10:38 PM ET
The Thunder scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning and took a 4-2 win over the Erie SeaWolves in front of 5,542 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park on Friday night.
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman started for the Thunder on a rehab assignment and delivered 20 pitches in the first inning, walking two men and striking out two. Chapman threw two wild pitches and surrendered an unearned run in his outing.
Following Chapman, the Thunder bullpen combination of Jose Pena, Jose Mesa Jr., Matt Marsh and Nick Rumbelow allowed just one run on five total baserunners and struck out 12. The 14 total strikeouts by Thunder pitching matched a season-high.
The Thunder went ahead in the second inning on a solo home run by Mike Ford and an RBI bunt single from Abiatal Avelino. Ford's home run was his seventh of the year, he scored two runs in Friday's win.
After Erie tied the game in the sixth on an RBI double from Christin Stewart, the Thunder went ahead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Working against the SeaWolves starter, Myles Jaye, the Thunder loaded the bases with nobody out and after a pitching chage; sac flies from Jorge Saez and Abiatal Avelino took a 4-2 lead.
From there, Marsh and Rumbelow completed victory number 43 of the season. The Thunder hold the Eastern League's best record and have held a lead in 58 of their 65 games played this season.
Your Thunder continue their homestand on Saturday night at 5:30pm against the SeaWolves with a doubleheader. LHP Josh Rogers (3-0, 3.60) will start for the Thunder in game one, LHP Tyler Alexander (3-4, 5.01) will go for Erie. In game two of the doubleheader LHP Nestor Cortes (4-0, 3.26) will start for the Thunder, Erie's starter is To Be Announced. Saturday night features post-game fireworks presented by NJTV, set to Disney music! Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.
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