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Three Home Runs Power Thunder to Victory

August 10, 2018 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder News Release

A grand slam by Trey Amburgey and back-to-back solo homers by Mandy Alvarez and Brandon Wagner backed a superb start by Brian Keller in a 10-1 win over the Harrisburg Senators on Friday night at FNB Field.

Amburgey's blast came in the third inning off Harrisburg (59-56) starter Jaron Long in the third inning after two singles and a walk had loaded the bases. It was Amburgey's second grand slam of the season and gave him a new career-high 15 home runs for the season.

The grand slam also marked the first time in franchise history that two different Thunder players hit two grand slams in the same season.

Alvarez and Wagner took Long deep in consecutive at-bats with one out in the fifth, putting the Thunder (65-51) in a 6-0 lead. The homers were the first back-to-back home runs for the Thunder since John Ryan Murphy and Walter Ibarra did so on August 5, 2012 at Bowie. Alvarez's homer was his career-high 13th of the season, and Wagner's was his 21st overall, his first at double-A.

Keller scattered seven hits across six and two-third innings, striking out five and benefitting from three double plays turned by the Thunder infield. David Sosebee and Matt Frawly would combine for two and one-third scoreless innings the rest of the way.

The only Harrisburg run came in the bottom of the fifth when Drew Ward tripled and scored on a Zach Collier single.

Trenton added three runs in the sixth inning on a Bruce Caldwell two-run double and an Alvarez RBI-single, the latter of which came off reliever Derek Self. Long was charged with nine runs on 10 hits over five and two-third innings.

Seven of the nine Thunder batters recorded at least one hit, and each of the first five batters in the order recorded two or more hits.

Your Thunder continue the road trip on Saturday night at 6 p.m. against the Senators. RHP Jordan Foley (2-3, 3.24) will start for the Thunder, and RHP Sterling Sharp (3-2, 4.36) will go for Harrisburg. Pre-game coverage will begin at 5:45 p.m. on 920 AM The Jersey or online at

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