PORTLAND, ME – A season-high five errors by the Thunder defense contributed to seven unearned runs which were the difference in a 10-3 Friday night to the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field.
Luis Severino took the ball for the Thunder in his third start of the season, but the No. 1 overall prospect in the New York Yankees organization put forth his least effective career Double-A outing. In five-plus innings, Severino surrendered eight hits and six runs-though only three runs were earned. He struck out six batters, but picked up his second loss of the season. In the 21-year-old’s first eight career Double-A starts he had not allowed more than two runs in a game before allowing six Friday night.
In relief, Andury Acevedo entered for Severino with two runners on and no outs in the 6th inning. He allowed both inherited runners to score plus a run of his own runners to score in a five-run inning that stretched a 2-0 lead entering the inning to a 7-0 lead for the Sea Dogs. Portland added three more unearned runs off Acevedo in the 7th inning to make the game 10-0 entering the 8th inning.
Trenton scored a run in the top of the 8th inning and a pair of runs in the 9th inning to avoid being shut out 10-0 for the second time in less than a week. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak and drops the Thunder to 9-6 on the season.
The Thunder get back to action with a Saturday afternoon game against the Sea Dogs when RHP Brady Lail (0-1, 2.00) opposes Portland’s RHP William Cuevas (1-1, 6.75) 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.