Thunder Take Rubber Game from RubberDucks

May 16, 2018 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder News Release

The Thunder battled back from an early two-run deficit to win the series finale over the Akron RubberDucks, 5-4, in front of a crowd of 6,408 on Education Day at ARM & HAMMER Park.

Thunder (24-14) starter Will Carter allowed a run in both the first and second innings on a RBI-double and a RBI-single, respectively, both off the bat of Akron's (22-17) Connor Marabell. Trenton trimmed the deficit to one run on a bases-loaded walk by Chace Numata in the second, but Bobby Bradley slugged a solo homer in the top of the third to re-extend the RubberDucks lead to two runs.

In the bottom of the third, the Thunder tied the score, as Abiatal Avelino singled and later scored on a fielding error by shortstop Todd Hankins. With runners on second and third, Ben Ruta singled to right field, plating both runners and giving the Thunder a 4-3 lead against Akron starter Sean Brady.

Carter allowed the RubberDucks to tie the score at 4-4 in the fifth on a fielder's choice grounder by Andrew Calica, and yielded to reliever Andrew Schwaab with two out, who induced an inning-ending flyout to strand two runners.

Mandy Alvarez led off the bottom of the sixth with a single off Akron reliever Nick Pasquale and eventually scored the go-ahead run on a single by Numata. Caleb Frare and Jordan Foley pitched the final two and one-third innings for the Thunder, with the latter earning the save with a scoreless ninth inning, giving Trenton the series victory.

Avelino's fifth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and his on-base streak to 15 games, both team-highs.

Your Thunder continue their homestand on Thursday night at 7pm against the Bowie Baysox. LHP Ryan Bollinger (2-0, 0.00) will start for the Thunder, and LHP Jayson Aquino (1-1, 3.60) will go for Bowie. For Thirsty Thursday, fans 21 and older can enjoy $2.00 16 oz. drafts of Bud and Bud Light, as well as $2.50 Bud and Bud Light bottles, and all fans will be treated to a postgame Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Hyatt Regency Princeton. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.

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