PORTLAND, ME – A big fifth inning from Portland’s offense was more than enough for the Sea Dogs Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field.
Starting pitcher Brady Lail allowed just one hit through four shutout innings before allowing four hits and walking a pair of batter in the fifth inning, in which he was charged with five runs. Lail, who entered his third career Double-A start with two earned runs allowed in 9.0 IP this season with the Thunder, saw his ERA climb to 4.73 after allowing five earned runs in 4.1 IP.
The Thunder struck for the first run of the game in the top of the 5th inning with a fly ball to right field that was lost in the sun by Kevin Heller. Cito Culver was credited with a double, promptly stole third base and then scored on Dan Fiorito’s RBI double. Fiorito got just his sixth start of the season- and first at first base- and went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk, a run scored and two RBI.
Fiorito accounted for three of the Thunder’s seven hits on an afternoon where the team was held to just three runs on seven hits. Aaron Judge also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 which has given him 8 multi-hit games in his first 15 games of the season.
The Thunder get back to action with a Sunday afternoon game against the Sea Dogs in the series finale when LHP Miguel Sulbaran (1-0, 2.57) opposes Portland’s RHP Justin Haley (0-2, 8.38) for a scheduled 1:00 p.m. first pitch. Coverage begins on the Thunder Radio Network beginning at 12:45 p.m. with the Trenton Thunder Pre-Game Show.