The Thunder picked up two victories on Tuesday evening over the Hartford Yard Goats on Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER PARK. After their series opening match-up was suspended by heavy rain in the bottom of the fourth inning on Monday, Trenton completed the contest with a 7-1 victory before picking up their 16th shutout of the season in a 4-0 win.
In game one, Trenton held a 5-1 lead when play was called on Monday, highlighted by a long three-run homer by Zack Zehner to deep centerfield. On Tuesday, newly acquired first baseman Ryan McBroom blasted his 13th homer of the season in the bottom of the fifth to put Trenton ahead 6-1.
In game two, a scheduled seven inning affair, Manager Bobby Mitchell handed the ball to right-hander Domingo Acevedo, who is capped at five innings for the remainder of his starts this season.
Trenton immediately jumped on the scoreboard by manufacturing a first inning run off of Hartford starter Parker French. Shortstop Jorge Mateo, who saw his 23 game on-base streak come to an end in game one, drew a leadoff walk and then promptly stole second base, his tenth steal since being promoted to Trenton. After a ground ball advanced him over to third base, a sac-fly by Billy Fleming plated Mateo to give the Thunder a 1-0 advantage.
That run would prove to be all that Acevedo would need to pick up his fifth win of the season. The imposing hurler tossed five scoreless frames; he allowed just two hits and struck-out seven on the evening.
A two-run homer by Vince Conde in the third inning, his first of the season, and a sac-fly by Mateo in the fifth provided the Thunder with insurance for their bullpen. Right-hander Colten Brewer pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts to close out the 4-0 Trenton victory.
The win for Trenton improves them to an MiLB best 68-33 and extends their lead in the East to a record-high 12 1/2 games over Binghamton.