PORTLAND, ME – After taking the first three games of the four-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs, the Trenton Thunder fall short in a 4-1 loss Sunday afternoon at Hardlock Field.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the 5th inning, Cesar Cabral entered for starting pitcher Jairo Heredia, who went four innings in place of Sunday’s scheduled starter Luis Severino who was scratched from the start. Heredia made his eighth start of the season for the Thunder and earned a no-decision by allowing one run over 4.0 innings with six strikeouts.
Cabral faced five batters and allowed three hits as the Portland Sea Dogs struck for a run. Cabral picked up his first loss of the season in a game played before 7,368 fans on a calm, late summer afternoon.
Offensively, Trenton notched just four hits with Dan Fiorito providing the only offensive punch in the game. Fiorito, who is now 8-for-19 (.421 AVG) in his last five games, stepped to the plate in the top of the fourth inning with two outs and none on. He smoked a linedrive to left field which just found its way just atop the Maine Monster for a solo home run and his fourth home run of the season (all of them on the road). The Thunder third baseman finished the game 2-for-3 with a single, home run, run scored, RBI and walk.
Trenton sees its eighth three-game win streak of the season end, with the Thunder yet to have posted a four-game winning streak. In spite of the loss, Trenton has now won 12 of its last 18 games.
Following a day-off Monday, Trenton gets back to action Tuesday to start a six-game homestand. First pitch against the Altoona Curve is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with a 6:45 p.m. Trenton Thunder pre-game show which can be heard on 91.3 FM or on www.trentonthunder.com.