Saturday, May 17, 2014

Trenton Thunder Game Recap 5/16

Pitching Strong in 2-0 Loss to Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, ME - Two runs in the bottom of the second inning were all the Portland Sea Dogs needed in their series-opening 2-0 win over the Trenton Thunder Friday night.
Before 6,712 fans on a misty fireworks night, the Sea Dogs got to Thunder starting pitcher Caleb Cotham for a pair of runs. Following walks to Blake Swihart and Carlos Rivero, Henry Ramos grounded into a fielder's choice putout at second base to place runners at first and third with one out.
The next Portland batter was lefty Peter Hissey who slapped a double up the right-centerfield gap. Slade Heathcott tracked it down and relayed to third base in time to record the out on Hissey trying to extend to a triple, but it still went for a two-run double for the only runs of the game.
Cotham- who dropped to 0-1 with his first Double-A loss of the season- allowed two runs over 4.2 innings, before being relieved by Jairo Heredia. Heredia (2.1 IP) and Pat Venditte (1.0 IP) combined for hitless, shutout relief in back of the starter.
In his second game of the season, Slade Heathcott doubled twice and reached on a catcher's interference to finish 2-for-3. Trenton managed five hits in the game, plus just four hits in seven innings off starting pitcher Keith Couch who improves to 5-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.56.

The other Thunder hits came from Rob Refsnyder, Ali Castillo and Dan Fiorito.

The loss was a season-worst fourth in a row for the Thunder dating to Tuesday's loss against Erie.
The Thunder continue their series with Portland in Game 2 of the three-game series Saturday at Hadlock Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with a 12:45 pre-game show that can be found streaming on the TuneIn Radio app and on

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder. The original article can be seen HERE

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