HARRISBURG, PA – The Harrisburg Senators needed four runs of offense for the third straight game as they swept the Trenton Thunder in a three-game weekend series at Metro Bank Park.
The Thunder jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning on a couple of runs off Harrisburg’s starting pitcher, Dakota Bacus. The second batter of the game was Aaron Judge, and he launched a home run out of the stadium in left field for a 1-0 Thunder lead just nine pitches into the game. After a walk and a single by Eric Jagielo, Greg Bird scored from third base on a passed ball for a 2-0 advantage.
After gaining their first lead of the series, Trenton would be held to just two hits over the final eight innings, and Harrisburg would score the final four runs in the afternoon. Miguel Sulbaran had seven baserunners against him in the first three innings as Harrisburg rallied for a pair of runs in the third inning and the go-ahead run in the fourth.
The Senators scored a run in the bottom of the 8th inning off Nick Goody to take a 4-2 lead, but Judge led off the 9th inning with a double into the left field corner. The next three batters were retired in order by Sam Runion for his second save of the season—ending a game that took 2:21.
The Thunder enjoy their final day-off before the All-Star Break Monday, before returning to action Tuesday against the Reading Fightin Phils. In what is the first match-up of the season between the two East Division-rivals, LHP Caleb Smith (4-3, 4.30) is expected to start against LHP Jesse Biddle (5-1, 4.11). First pitch from ARM & HAMMER Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the Trenton Thunder pre-game show beginning at 6:40 p.m. on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.