7/23/18

Thunder Grab Final Game of Double-A Subway Series

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BINGHAMTON, NY – In the fourteenth and final edition of the 2018 Double-A subway series, Trenton edged Binghamton 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. The Thunder scored nine unanswered runs to finish the game, including five after a 35-minute rain delay in the sixth inning. Trenton and Binghamton split their four-game set, while the Thunder win the season series eight games to six. 

Despite losing, Binghamton was first on the board for the first time in five games. After two perfect frames by Mickey Jannis, the Binghamton bats supported his cause with a pair of runs in the third inning. Facing Nick Nelson in his Double-A debut, the Ponies received a single from Patrick Biondi and a double by Levi Michael to grab a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Patrick Mazeika collected his ninth double of the season, pushing home Michael for a 2-0 lead.

Jannis (6-5) dropped his third straight start, despite lasting six innings in all three outings. On Sunday afternoon, the knuckleballer gave up two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, before completing a scoreless sixth frame. Ryan McBroom put the Thunder on the scoreboard with his third Eastern League home run of the season in the fourth. Later in the inning, after a two-out walk to Mandy Alvarez, Jeff Hendrix doubled to tie the game 2-2. Zach Zehner’s two-run blast in the fifth earned Trenton a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. 

Nelson, meanwhile, could not pick up the win despite leaving with the lead because he tossed just four innings. He walked four Rumble Ponies, but allowed just the two third-inning tallies.

Following the top of the sixth inning, the game was delayed 35 minutes due to rain. 
Upon resumption, the Ponies put two aboard via walks, but stranded both. The Rumble Ponies left at least one runner on base in the first seven innings of the game.

Trenton picked up where they left off pre-rain, utilizing their third two-run inning of the game in the top of the seventh, before a bases-clearing triple by Gosuke Katoh stretched the lead to 9-2 in the ninth. 

James Reeves (2-1) earned the win by tossing a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, striking out four Rumble Ponies.

POSTGAME NOTES: The Binghamton bullpen’s scoreless streak ends at 25.2 innings…Mickey Jannis faced the Thunder for the first time since Game 4 of the 2017 EDCS…Pitchers combined to walk 16 batters (Trenton – 9, Binghamton – 7)…

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