The deciding point in the game came in the top of the 8th inning when Ali Castillo batted with runners at second and third base with two outs against B-Mets lefty Adam Kolarek in a tie game. With Mark Payton at third base and Cito Culver at second, Kolarek whistled a wild pitch to the backstop to bring home Payton to put the Thunder ahead 5-4. Castillo’s RBI single past the dive of shortstop Gavin Cecchini brought home an insurance run for the bullpen in the latter innings.
For the second time this season the Thunder are four games above .500 (April 23rd, 9-5) after rattling off a fourth-straight win. Jake Cave went 1-for-4 with a walk to extend his on-base streak to 20 consecutive games. Mark Payton made his Double-A debut and went 0-for-3, but reached on a walk and an error, drove home a run on a groundball and scored two of Trenton’s six runs on the game.
The Thunder and Mets return to action Wednesday with a scheduled 6:35 p.m. first pitch. LHP Miguel Sulbaran (3-3, 4.05) is expected to start for the Thunder against RHP Gabriel Ynoa (2-3, 4.72) for the Mets. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and www.trentonthunder.com.