NORWICH, CT – The Trenton Thunder held a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Hartford Yard Goats rallied in the latter innings for a 3-2 win Thursday afternoon.
After a doubleheader sweep over the Yard Goats Wednesday evening, the Thunder put themselves in position for a possible three-game sweep by collecting the first runs of the game off Hartford’s starting pitcher, Kyle Freeland. After allowing a double to the second batter of the game, Dustin Fowler, Freeland retired the next 16 before getting into trouble in the 6th inning.
There were two outs and no one on when Tyler Wade walked to extend the inning. Dustin Fowler then tripled into the right field corner to score Wade and give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. Tyler Austin stepped-in with two outs and delivered an RBI double of his own to extend the lead to 2-0, Trenton.
Those would be the lone two runs of the game for the Thunder, on a day where the offense managed just four hits off Yard Goats pitching.
Thunder starting pitcher Vicente Campos picked up a no-decision in his Double-A debut. He loaded the bases in both the first and second innings before escaping without allowing runs. He didn’t face another tough spot until the sixth inning when he allowed a one-out double to Correlle Prime who advanced to third base with two outs on a ground out.
At that point, Campos was lifted from the game in favor of Cale Coshow. Coshow allowed the inherited runner to score, and then loaded the bases an inning later with two outs. Prime strode to the plate and flipped the deciding base hit to right-centerfield to score a pair of runs for a 3-2 Yard Goats lead.
The loss snapped a season-best five-game winning streak for the Thunder, and knocked Trenton back even with the Yard Goats in the East Division standings at 31-21.
The Thunder pile on the bus to return to ARM & HAMMER Park for Friday’s ballgame against the Erie SeaWolves. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with a Rally Towel Giveaway, presented by Aztec Graphics for the first 1,000 fans age 12 & over. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on 91.7 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.