HARRISBURG, PA – A pair of early swings against Daniel Camarena didn’t faze the Trenton Thunder starter, as the Thunder took the series from the Harrisburg Senators with a 7-2 win Sunday afternoon.
The H-Sens got a run in the first and second innings on the backs of solo home runs from Rafael Bautista and Nick Rickles, and the Thunder used a two-run double from Dante Bichette Jr. to put the score at 2-2 heading into the third inning. The game remained tied 2-2 until the 6th inning when Miguel Andujar had the bases loaded and one out and chopped a fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop to plate Tyler Wade for a 3-2 lead.]
The Thunder added a run an inning later on a Wade RBI single to make it 4-2, before another hit from Bichette Jr. opened up a 6-2 lead for the Thunder. Bichette Jr. finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run score and four RBIs, while Wade was 3-for-4 with a run scored, RBI and a walk.
In the ninth, with the Thunder already ahead 6-2, Dustin Fowler stepped to bat in the and homered off Andrew Robinson for his eighth of the season- and his second straight night with a homer- to put the game away.
Camarena allowed the home runs in the first and second innings, and then he allowed just two more hits the rest of the way as he went 6.1 innings for his eighth win of the season. He turned over the baseball to Cale Coshow with a man on in the seventh inning, and though Harrisburg threatened by loading the bases with two outs, a fielder’s choice groundout ended the threat and kept the Thunder ahead 4-2. Coshow went the final 2.2 innings for his third save of the season.
The Thunder improve to 72-42 (.632) with the win, marking the first time this season they are 30 games above .500. The Binghamton Mets knocked-off the Hartford Yard Goats Sunday afternoon, so the Trenton Thunder are eight games ahead of the Goats for the second and final playoff spot in the East Division with 28 games remaining—with a magic number to clinch a playoff berth at 22.
The Thunder pile on the bus following the game and head south to Richmond, VA. They take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the first of four games Monday night with a scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Trenton sends RHP Ronald Herrera (8-7, 3.83) to the mound against Richmond’s RHP Cory Taylor in his Double-A debut. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.