BINGHAMTON, NY – In their shortest 9-inning game of the season, the Trenton Thunder (30-24) defeated the Binghamton Mets (26-27) 2-0 at NYSEG Stadium Thursday night.
The scoring started quickly for the Thunder, when Gary Sanchez drilled a solo homerun on the first pitch of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. It was Sanchez’ seventh homer of the season, and his sixth homerun in his last 67 at-bats.
The blast was the only run the Thunder pitching staff needed on the night, as it held the B-Mets to two hits in their sixth shutout effort of the season. Caleb Smith started and allowed one hit- a 1st-inning double to Michael Conforto with two outs- over 6.2 innings for his third win. The effort lowered his ERA to 4.20 and it was his third one-hit performance in his last four starts.
He was replaced in the 7th inning by Conor Mullee who retired all four batters he faced before being replaced by James Pazos with a 2-0 lead. Pazos fanned the first two batters he faced before allowing a hard single past a diving third-baseman, Dan Fiorito, to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Josh Rodriguez. Rodriguez leads the Eastern League in home runs, but struck out to end the game as Pazos struck out the side for his first save of the season.
The Thunder added an unearned insurance run in the 9th inning off Adam Kolarek when Aaron Judge reached on the 12th error of the season by Binghamton shortstop Gavin Cecchini and later scored on an RBI groundout by Sanchez.
The Thunder improve to six games above .500 for the first time this season after rattling off a fifth-straight win which matches the season-long for a win streak (May 12th-16th). Thursday’s game was completed in 2:14, eclipsing the 2:20 game on May 9th at New Hampshire for quickest game of the season.
The Thunder return to action Friday night at ARM & HAMMER Park as they kick-off a six-game homestand and three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators. RHP Eric Ruth (3-0, 2.04) is expected to start for the Thunder against RHP Austin Voth (2-3, 3.69) for the Sens. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and www.trentonthunder.com for Friday’s 7:00 p.m. scheduled first pitch.