TRENTON, NJ – Portland first baseman Tim Roberson stroked a three-run double in the top of the tenth to lead the visiting Sea Dogs to a 6-3 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Reliever Alex Smith began the penultimate inning on the mound, his third inning of relief, and walked back-to-back hitters to begin the inning. After a sacrifice bunt from Henry Ramos, the Thunder opted for right-hander Mark Montgomery who issued an intentional walk to load the bases with one out. Roberson followed with the game-winning hit up the alley in right-center.
The Thunder trailed by 3-1 for much of the game before Dante Bichette Jr. hit an opposite field, game-tying home run off of Simon Mercedes. Bichette Jr., who drove in Jake Cave with the two-run shot, has started the season 6-for-15 with a pair of home runs and six RBI’s in his first four games.
Jake Cave gave the Thunder an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run off of Portland’s starter Aaron Wilkerson. Wilkerson pitched well enough for victory, but, was taken out of line for it when Bichette Jr. tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.
On the mound, Jordan Montgomery made his double-A debut on Tuesday night. The lefty went five innings allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out a pair and earned a no-decision.
Cave finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Portland pitching combined to strikeout 16 batters in the game.
Your Thunder will close out the series with the Sea Dogs on Wednesday night at 7:00pm. All fans can enjoy Baseball Bingo, presented by Deborah Heart and Lung Center on Wednesday night. RHP Brady Lail (0-1, 3.86) will start for the Thunder, RHP Justin Haley (0-1, 9.00) will go for Portland. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.