Bisons Bats Keep Rumbling Before Return to Buffalo
(Trenton, NJ) - With one more game in Trenton before their return to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate is going out with a bang. Saturday night's 6-3 win against the Syracuse Mets in front of a crowd of 5,240 improved the team's record to 10-1 on its final homestand and 28-13 overall at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. Forrest Wall's return to the top of the lineup for the first time since June 6 set the tone, and home runs from Nash Knight, Kevin Smith, and Tyler White led the Herd to its ninth win in their last 10 meetings against the Mets.
For the second straight night, the Mets scored in the first when Cheslor Cuthbert delivered an RBI single with two outs off Bisons starter and Major League rehabber Tommy Milone in his lone inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Herd seized the lead for good when Wall and Smith opened up with singles off Mets starter Alex Sanabia. On an 0-1 pitch, White cracked a two-RBI double to left center to continue his impressive numbers at home.
Jeremy Beasley followed Milone with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts on a night where Connor Overton gave manager Casey Candaele the most length in the bullpen. The Mets tied it in the top of the fourth on a Drew Jackson one-out single and stolen base. With two outs, Mason Williams' strong series brought about his second single of the night which made it a 2-2 ballgame.
Knight led off the fourth with a high drive to right that was nearly caught at the fence by Khalil Lee, who had the ball go in and out of his glove for Knight's fourth homer and a 3-2 lead. Wall soon reached on a fielder's choice and stole second, and two pitches later, Smith clubbed his 17th homer to left to add to his league-leading RBI total. White later brought in his third run with a home run on the very first pitch in the sixth inning from lefthander Andrew Mitchell to extend the lead to 6-2.
Overton (3-1) made it through three-plus innings before being chased by a Patrick Mazeika run-scoring single with one out in the eighth. John Axford surrendered his first hit of the season when Cheslor Cuthbert singled into right, but the veteran recorded five straight outs to set up Dany Jimenez for a save situation in the ninth. With a 6-3 edge, Jimenez earned his third save against the Mets by inducing three groundouts to set up a possible series sweep in Sunday afternoon's finale.
The Bisons conclude their final homestand at Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Sunday, July 25 at 1:00 PM against the Syracuse Mets with Christmas in July! All Kids can run the bases after the game, presented by Penn Medicine & CHOP. To purchase tickets, call (609)-394-3300, Opt 4 or visit trentonthunder.com.
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