South Jersey Baseball:
Sunday, June 19, 2005
By Dan Loney
Shelley Duncan's two-run homer in the 8th Inning capped a late Thunder rally for a 6-3 win over new Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The win, coupled with Portland's loss, puts the Thunder just 2 1/2 games out of 1st Place.
New Hampshire (36-32) got solid pitching from Cam Reimers as he held the Thunder to one run and three hits through the first three innings. Trenton (37-33) scored a 1st Inning on a Kevin Thompson double and two groundouts. The Fisher Cats used single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th Innings to take a 3-1 lead. Trenton starter Charlie Isaacson allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Thunder started their rally with a run in the 7th Inning against Reimers. Trenton got three straight singles to load the bases. A fielder's choice by C Jason Brown closed the gap to 3-2, but Reimers got out of the inning with the lead.
In the 8th Inning, Thompson led off with an infield hit and stole 2nd Base. S. Duncan followed two outs later with a two-run homer off Jordan DeJong to put Trenton in front, 4-3. It was Duncan's 17th homer of the year. The Thunder added an RBI single by RF Bronson Sardinha later in the inning and an RBI single by Melky Cabrera in the ninth for insurance.
DeJong (0-2) took the loss allowing three runs in one inning on four hits. The win went to Trenton reliever Carlos Artiles (3-0), who came in behind Isaacson to get the final out of the 7th Inning. Justin Pope worked the final two innings for his 14th save.
Trenton heads for Portland, ME to start a four-game series on Monday. Game time is 7:00 PM. Jon Skaggs (2-6, 5.80) starts for the Thunder against the SeaDogs' David Pauley (3-2, 3.70)