TRENTON, NJ – The Thunder rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fourth and Jonathan Holder closed out a series victory for the Thunder with a 7-5 win over the Harrisburg Senators on Mother’s Day at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Harrisburg jumped out to separate 1-0 and 3-1 leads in the first two innings before the Thunder broke through for five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dante Bichette Jr. began the inning with a double and Jose Rosario followed him with a single. After Juan Silva worked the second of his three walks in the game, Cito Culver drove in a run with a base hit to center.
With the game tied at three in the fourth inning, Tyler Wade singled home two more on the first offering from reliever Nick Lee. After Jake Cave popped out, Tyler Austin singled in two more runs to give the Thunder a 7-3 advantage which the bullpen held into the ninth inning.
The Senators projected starter, Reynaldo Lopez, was scratched just minutes before the game with a stiff neck. Gilberto Mendez started in his place and suffered the defeat, allowing six runs in three-plus innings.
Wade, Cave, Rosario, and Culver each recorded two-hit games for the Thunder. Cave finished the series 7-for-15 with four doubles and a solo home run. Culver’s two-hit game was his third straight multi-hit game, just the fourth time in his career that he has achieved that.
Ronald Herrera improved to 4-1 with 5.2 innings of three-run ball on Sunday afternoon. He struck out seven despite allowing a season-high ten hits and one walk. His season ERA stands at a sparkling 2.51.
Harrisburg would not go quietly in the ninth inning against Jonathan Holder. Neftali Soto drove in Adrian Sanchez with a single and Chris Bostick followed with an RBI double of his own to put the tying run on second with two outs. Holder then got Brenden Webb to ground out to Tyler Austin and secure the 7-5 win for the Thunder.
Your Thunder will begin a three-game series in Altoona on Monday night at 6:00pm. LHP Daniel Camarena (0-0, 2.16) will start for Trenton, RHP David Whitehead (1-3, 5.64) will go for the Curve. Pre-game coverage begins at 5:45pm on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com.