MANCHESTER, N.H. – Eleven unanswered runs starting in the top of the third inning helped pace the Thunder to an 11-4 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday’s Mother’s Day matinee.
Before 4,209 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Trenton’s bats exploded for 11 runs over the course of six innings to help erase an early 4-0 deficit. The Thunder scored a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game before Aaron Judge launched a solo home run to begin the fifth inning off Tiago Da Silva for the Thunder’s first lead of the game. The homer was his sixth of the season which ties him with teammate Eric Jagielo for the Eastern League lead in that department.
Later in the game, Gary Sanchez delivered the deciding blow with a theee-run homer onto the roof of the Sam Adams Bar & Grill in left field that turned an 8-4 lead into an 11-4 lead. For Sanchez, the blast was his second of the season and his first in 87 at-bats since the second game of the season.
Thunder starting pitcher Luis Severino exited after two innings of allowing four runs on five hits. He retired the first four New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the game before giving up a single to K.C. Hobson and solo home run to Kevin Nolan. New Hampshire pieced together three more hits in the inning off the No. 1 prospect in the Yankees organization, before he exited after 42 pitches.
Collecting the victory for the Thunder out of the bullpen was Caleb Cotham, who tossed three scoreless, one-hit innings to keep the ballgame close for a possible Thunder comeback. Cotham was one of four arms- along with Nick Goody, Cesar Vargas and Mark Montgomery- who combined for seven shutout innings in relief of Severino, which limited the Fisher Cats offense as Trenton grabbed the lead and continued to stretch the margin late in the ballgame.
Trenton, which finished 6-4 in 10 games in New Hampshire last season, gets its first win of the season on the road in Manchester in 2015-improving to 1-5.
The Thunder get back to action Monday with a 6 p.m. scheduled first pitch. The starting pitchers in the ballgame are expected to be RHP Brady Lail (1-2, 4.43) for the Thunder and RHP William Cuevas (4-1, 3.28) for the Fisher Cats. Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com.