A six-run seventh inning turned a 6-3 lead Trenton Thunder lead into a 9-6 Altoona lead in Altoona's series-clinching win Sunday afternoon.
Before 4,116 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park, the Thunder offense battled back from an early deficit to take a 6-2 lead over Altoona with four runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth inning.
However, Altoona's offense put a run on the board in the sixth inning before their 6th-inning explosion. Altoona sent 11 batters to the plate and notched five hits and two walks to take control of the ballgame. Trenton began the inning with Eric Wooten, before summoning Aaron Dott from the bullpen. Dott did not record an out to the three batters he faced before Cesar Cabral was needed to get through the inning.
Starting pitcher Manny Banuelos allowed five baserunners in three innings, and exited the ballgame with the Thunder trailing 2-0. He needed 50 pitches in three innings and saw his ERA climb to 4.32 on the season.
The loss was charged to lefty Wooten who entered for Banuelos and made his third appearance for the Thunder. In his first two appearances, Wooten allowed two earned runs in 13.0 innings but surrendered five runs over 3.1 innings out of the bullpen. His record is now 2-1.
The Thunder enjoy an off-day Monday before getting back to action Tuesday in another three-game series at ARM & HAMMER Park. First pitch of Tuesday's ballgame is 7:05 p.m. with the Trenton Thunder Pre-Game Show beginning at 6:45 p.m. which can be found on 91.3 FM WTSR and www.trentonthunder.com.