Trenton Thunder strike, beat Rock CatsNuno's 10 Ks, Adams' big night lead Trenton past New Britain
Nuno (4-1) wouldn’t need much run support on this night, as after allowing a leadoff home run to New Britain center fielder Aaron Hicks, the lefty would retire 17 of the next 21 batters he faced (including nine in a row at one point) and did not allow another base hit until the sixth inning.
Second baseman David Adams got the Thunder on the board against Rock Cats starter Aaron Thompson (3-3) by singling home left fielder Jose Pirela in the first to make it 1-1, and moments later first baseman Luke Murton’s single brought in Adams to give the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate a lead they would not relinquish.
Adams, who is one of the Yankees’ top prospects, would push the score to 3-1 in the second with an RBI double that plated shortstop Addison Maruszak, and went on to earn Player of the Game honors after finishing 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored.
Catcher Jeff Farnham added a solo home run in the sixth – his first and the Thunder’s Eastern League-leading 100th of the season – and a two-run seventh inning against the Cats’ bullpen salted the game away for Trenton.
Pirela hit a solo shot of his own in the eighth to cap the scoring, and Danny Farquhar struck out four in the final two innings to close it out for the Thunder.
With the win, Trenton improves to 49-37 and pushed their lead over New Britain in the EL’s Eastern Division to 1.5 games with three to go before the EL All-Star Break.
Much like their big brothers in pinstripes, the Thunder will finish out the first half of their season against a Red Sox affiliate – in this case, the Portland Sea Dogs, who come to New Jersey’s capital city for a three-game set Saturday through Monday.
Eastern League All-Star Brett Marshall (9-3, 3.21) will start Friday against Portland’s Jeremy Kehrt (2-2, 5.59), and David Phelps is set to start the first-half finale on Monday.
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