PORTLAND, ME – One day after a 15-inning marathon victory, the Trenton Thunder need just 11 innings to put away the Portland Sea Dogs 4-3 Sunday afternoon.
In the final home game of the regular season for the Sea Dogs, 7,368 fans turned-out for a pitchers’ duel.
Daniel Camarena got the start for the Thunder and allowed a leadoff home run to Yoan Moncada on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning. From there, Camarena didn’t allow another run until his inherited runner came home to score in the bottom of the eighth inning. All told, the Thunder lefty finished with 7.1 innings, five hits, two earned runs and seven strikeouts. He earns a no-decision and his season ERA lowers to 3.30.
In support of Camarena, the playoff-bound Thunder (83-51) had just one swing in regulation to put runs on the board. Mark Payton followed a leadoff double by Michael O’Neill in the third inning to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead. It was the sixth homer of the season for the Thunder outfielder—his second of the series and his fourth in 12 games played against Portland.
That lead held until the bottom of the eighth when Tzu-Wei Lin doubled to begin the inning and was singled home with one out by Aneury Tavarez to ultimately send the game to extra innings.
In the 11th inning, the Thunder loaded the bases with no outs when Jose Rosario reached on a two-base error by Moncada, advanced to third base when he was safe ahead of a throw to the bag trying to get the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt by Francisco Diaz and a walk to Michael O’Neill. Abiatal Avelino singled off the mitt of second baseman Ryan Court with the infield drawn-in to plate a pair of runs and put the Thunder ahead 4-2.
Cale Coshow entered in the bottom of the inning for the save, and allowed a run to score to bring Portland back to within a run. With the tying run at second base, Coshow was able to induce a harmless flyout to shallow left-centerfield to end the game and notch his fourth save of the season.
The Reading Fightin Phils also won Sunday afternoon, so the Trenton Thunder remain 1.5 games in back of first place with eight games to go in the regular season.
Prior to the game, it was confirmed right-hander Chance Adams, who is 8-1, 2.07 with Trenton and 13-1, 2.33 overall, would be shut down after reaching his innings limit of 127.1 frames. Caleb Smith will take his rotation spot Monday in Manchester, NH, to open the final road series of the 2016 regular season against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Adams’ innings had been limited his last few starts. This is his first season as a starting pitcher.
All four games are set to begin at 6:35 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning at 6:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.