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Payton, Bullpen Pace Thunder Past Sea Dogs

TRENTON, NJ – Mark Payton’s run-scoring single in the sixth inning and shutout relief from Andury Acevedo, Andrew Bailey and Mark Montgomery led the Thunder to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in front of 5,341 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park Tuesday night.

In a 1-1 game with two out, Ali Castillo stole second and scored on Payton’s single to right-center. The base hit came in Payton’s first at-bat after Tony Renda was ejected from the game in the fourth inning following a pick-off by Portland starter Luis Diaz.

After Danny Burawa pitched the first three innings of the game, Andury Acevedo delivered four innings of no-hit relief to pick up his first Double-A victory. Andrew Bailey and Mark Montgomery each followed Acevedo with a scoreless inning of relief to finish off the win.

Bailey, pitching for a second consecutive day, lowered his ERA to 0.63 with the Thunder. He’s allowed just seven baserunners in 14.1 innings and has struck out 17 batters.

Stretching back to Sunday’s game, the Thunder have gone 28 consecutive innings without an extra base hit (23 hits).

Tony Renda extended his on-base streak to nine with a fourth-inning single. Taylor Dugas also extended his on-base streak to eight games as well on Tuesday night with a walk.

Your Thunder will look to sweep the series from the Sea Dogs at noon Wednesday. The Thunder will throw LHP Caleb Smith (8-5, 3.91) the Sea Dogs will counter with RHP Michael McCarthy (6-4, 3.56). Tickets can be ordered online at Trentonthunder.com/tickets or by phone at 609-394-3300.

This post is a press release courtesy of the Trenton Thunder Media Relations Department.

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