7/21/18

Record Crowd Sees Thunder Catch Lightning

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BINGHAMTON, NY – Trenton scored eight runs in the first three innings in front of a franchise record 7,488 at NYSEG Stadium, en route to a 10-1 win over Binghamton on Friday night. The Thunder never trailed in the 12thmeeting between the Double-A Mets and Yankees, taking a seven games to five lead in the season series. It’s the sixth time this season Binghamton has drawn at least 6,000 to NYSEG Stadium. 

The Thunder utilized a pair of four-run innings to tag Ponies pitcher Harol Gonzalez, making his second-ever Double-A start. Trey Amburgey kicked off the offensive onslaught with a first-inning two-run home run, his 12th of the season. Later in the frame, Binghamton failed to complete a double play when Joey Terdoslavich’s foot slipped off the first-base bag, allowing Gosuke Katoh to see the plate. The Thunder third basement doubled into left, plating a pair to make it 4-0.

Binghamton responded quickly against Thunder hurler Michael King, plating their first run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Josh Allen. His RBI was set up by Levi Michael’s double, his 100th hit of the season. 

King (4-2) settled in after the first and would last eight innings in the victory. He whiffed six Rumble Ponies and walked two, tossing 104 pitches in his second meeting with the Ponies. 

Gonzalez (0-2) was the victim of another four-hit four run inning in the third. The Thunder extended the lead to 5-1 when Levi Michael slipped near the warning track in deep centerfield and dropped a Billy Fleming fly ball. The Ponies first error in six games allowed Amburgey to cross. A single by Zack Zehner pushed home Ryan McBroom, before a wild pitch from Gonzalez scored Fleming, pushing the lead to 7-1. Devyn Bolasky capped the rally with an RBI single to score Zehner, extending the advantage to 8-1. 

Despite giving up 13 hits and 10 runs (eight earned), Gonzalez gave Binghamton five innings in his first NYSEG Stadium start. 

Stephen Nogosek and Joshua Torres combined to toss three scoreless innings out of the Rumble Ponies bullpen, before Jose Garcia became the first position player to pitch for Binghamton in 2018. Typically a catcher, Garcia allowed just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning. 

Jhoan Urena bashed a two-run homer off of Jordan Foley in the ninth inning, his seventh of the 2018 campaign.

POSTGAME NOTES: The previous single-game attendance record was set on July 17, 2008 against the Connecticut Defenders (7,412)…Rumble Ponies bullpen has not allowed a run in six games (22.0 innings)…Jose Garcia is the 19thposition player in franchise history to pitch…

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