TRENTON, N.J. — The Trenton Thunder plated four in the first and the Portland Sea Dogs couldn’t bounce back falling 10-1 Tuesday night at Arm & Hammer Park. The loss marks the third in a row for Portland.
Mike McCarthy took the hill for the Sea Dogs (2-3) and was greeted by a bevy of hot Thunder (3-2) bats. The righty gave up a leadoff double to Mason Williams and a one out single to Ben Gamel before the floodgates opened for a four-run inning.
McCarthy (0-1) labored again in the second as Trenton increased the lead to 6-0. Rob Segedin knocked in a run with a single and Gary Sanchez followed with an RBI base hit, his second in as many innings.
McCarthy gave up a single run in the third, and completed the first four frames before he was lifted. He allowed seven runs, all earned, on 11 hits; he did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Nate Reed was the first out of the Portland bullpen, but he could not stem and was roughed up for three runs in his two innings of work.
Trenton’s Matt Tracy held the Sea Dogs scoreless through the first five innings. The left-hander gave up two base runners in each of the first two innings, but weaved in and out of trouble and did not allow a run to score.
Tracy (1-0) faltered in the sixth inning as Portland manufactured a run with one down. Carlos Rivero began the rally with a walk and was moved to second on a single by Henry Ramos. Blake Swihart followed with an RBI single that cut the deficit to 8-1 and ended Tracy’s night on the mound.
The trio of Branden Pinder, Cole Kimball, and Jairo Heredia silenced the Sea Dogs’ bats the rest of the night in relief and retired the final 11 hitters in a row.
The Sea Dogs home opener is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. Hadlock Field against the New Britain Rock Cats.