MANCHESTER, NH – The Trenton Thunder won a fourth straight game Tuesday night, taking a 6-4 come-from-behind final from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Trenton (85-51) secures its fourth straight win, the first of which that has taken fewer than 11 innings after back-to-back-to-back extra-inning wins. Trailing 4-3 heading into the top of the 7th inning, your Thunder got a leadoff single from Abiatal Avelino. After a pair of groundouts advanced him to third base, Tyler Wade extended the inning with a walk. Dustin Fowler hadn’t been able to extend his seven-game hit streak until the seventh inning, when he delivered a flared single into left-center field to tie it back up.
An inning later, the Thunder had the first two men of the inning reach when a successful sacrifice bunt was laid down by Mark Payton to put runners at second and third base with one out. That’s when Avelino delivered a go-ahead RBI single to score pinch-runner Michael O’Neill. The Thunder had the bases loaded a few batters later with two outs and Trenton received an insurance run from an infield single by Wade to take a 6-4 lead.
Giovanny Gallegos had entered out of the bullpen with two outs in the seventh inning after Ronald Herrera went 6.2 innings and allowed four runs in a no-decision. Gallegos went the final 2.1 innings for the win, allowing just one walk and striking out five men.
After a first-inning, two-run homer from Dwight Smith Jr., the Thunder had to play catchup, ultimately drawing back even with the Fisher Cats with a Payton two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, 4-4. The homer was the third in five games for Payton on the roadtrip and was his seventh of the season.
The Thunder remain 1.5 games behind the Reading Fightin Phils for first place in the East Division after they battled to a 7-6 comeback win over the Portland Sea Dogs Tuesday night.
The Thunder and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their four-game series Wednesday night with a 6:35 p.m. scheduled first pitch. Pregame coverage is set for 6:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.