PORTLAND, Maine — The Trenton Thunder struck for a season-high eight runs in the sixth inning and pounded the Portland Sea Dogs 15-4 in Eastern League baseball action Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the sixth, Trenton strung together six straight hits to begin the inning off of Taylor Grover (L, 1-3) and take a 5-1 lead. Trenton sent 13 men to the plate in the inning and Cito Culver had two hits and four RBIs in the frame.
Trenton tied a season-high with seven hits in the inning.
Trenton set season highs with 15 runs on 18 hits. The Thunder also tied a season-high with nine walks and had one hit batsman to total 28 baserunners in the game.
Yoan Moncada hit a solo homer into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion in the bottom of the sixth off of Chance Adams (W, 6-0) to plate the second Sea Dogs’ run. Later in the inning Nate Freiman hit an RBI single to score Mauricio Dubon and cut the deficit to 9-3.
Adams allowed two earned runs on three hits in 5 ⅓ innings, walking two and striking out three.
The Thunder added three more runs in the seventh off of Austin Maddox to extend the lead to 12-3. Mark Payton hit a three-run homer in the ninth off of Luis Ysla to make it 15-3.
Portland’s Cole Sturgeon hit a solo homer in the ninth.