TRENTON, NJ – Miguel Andujar completed a dramatic 4-3 victory for the Thunder with a game-winning sacrifice fly to center field in front of 7,327 fans on Saturday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Trenton held a 2-0 lead through seven innings on the shoulders of a dominant start by Dietrich Enns. He allowed one hit on the night, coming with one out in the fifth inning- a ringing double off the bat of catcher Colton Plaia. Aside from that, Enns walked two men and struck out seven on 98 pitches.
As he gave way to Cale Coshow in the eighth inning, the defense faltered with two outs. The bases were empty with two outs when Maikis De La Cruz singled off the mound and into centerfield, which was followed by a walk to Derrik Gibson. An error on a fly ball by Michael O’Neill in centerfield plated two runs, before a throwing error by Cito Culver gave the B-Mets a 3-2 lead on three unearned runs.
That’s when the offensive heroics began for the Thunder, beginning with a Lane Adams double leading-off the eighth inning. He was at second base with one out following a strikeout and stole third base. Sebastian Valle fell behind 0-2 before lifting a sacrifice fly to left field to score Adams standing up and tie the game.
In the ninth inning, Cito Culver earned a five-pitch walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Tyler Wade. Dustin Fowler singled to right field two batters later to put runners at first and third base against reliever Luis Matos. Mark Payton was intentionally walked for an Eastern League-leading third time of the season to load the bases with one down. Andujar had singled home the first two runs of the night for the Thunder in the third inning and he delivered a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Tyler Wade for the walk-off 4-3 win.
In the game, the Thunder welcomed the 9-millionth fan in franchise history through the turnstiles in Trenton. Lisa Ford, a Thunder fan from Burlington County, NJ, has been attending Thunder games for seven years when she became lucky No. 9-million Saturday night. She was attending the game with Jacobstwon Baptist Church Awana and her son, Jackson, threw out a first pitch as part of the outing.
Your Thunder conclude their homestand Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against the Binghamton Mets. RHP Ronald Herrera (5-4, 4.19) will start for the Thunder against Binghamton knuckleballer RHP Mickey Jannis (1-6, 5.51). Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.