TRENTON, N.J. — The Trenton Thunder used a five-run sixth inning to take the series finale from the Portland Sea Dogs, 6-4 in Double-A baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Arm and Hammer Park.
Portland opened up the scoring in the second inning with two outs against winning pitcher Matt Tracy (6-2). Derrik Gibson (2-for-4) and Jonathan Roof (2-for-3) set the table with singles, and executed a double steal. Bo Greenwell delivered a two-run single on the ninth pitch of his at-bat, giving Portland a 2-0 lead.
Greenwell finished the series 4-for-10 with 3 RBIs and 4 walks.
Trenton got on the board in its half of the second against losing pitcher Mickey Pena (2-1). Gary Sanchez led off with a walk and scored from first base on a wall-ball double by Rob Refsynder.
Roof, who joined the Sea Dogs Sunday from Single-A Salem (.301 in 50 games) came through in the fourth inning, ripping a run-scoring double down the left-field line to score Gibson.
Tracy finished with six innings of work for Trenton, giving up eight hits and three runs.
The game took a big turn for Trenton in the sixth, as the Thunder plated five runs against Pena and Matty Ott. Pena left the game after two singles and a walk to Tyler Austin. Ott yielded a two-run-single to Sanchez, the first batter he faced. The Thunder received three more run-scoring singles by Peter O’Brien, Taylor Dugas and Dan Fiorito.
Pena worked 5-plus innings, suffering his first loss of the season. The lefty gave up six hits, four runs, two walks and five strikeouts.
Portland rallied in the ninth inning off Cole Kimball and Tyler Webb. Keury De La Cruz (2-for-4) made his Double-A debut on Sunday and finished with two hits. In the ninth, he led off with a double.
Kimball left the game after a one-out walk to Roof. Webb took over and walked Greenwell to load the bases. After Mookie Betts (0-for-4) popped out to second base, Deven Marrero nailed a run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch to right. Webb secured the save by fanning Stefan Welch to end the game.