PP Game Notes: Altoona 5 - Trenton 4

The Trenton Thunder were defeated by the Altoona Curve, 5-4 in front of 3,571 fans on an overcast, foggy evening in Trenton. The Thunder have now lost ten of their last eleven games, and seven of their last eight at home.

Brandon Agamemnon (2-1) got the win in relief for Altoona. Tim Adkins (0-1) took the loss for Trenton. Elio Serrano got his eighth save by pitching a scoreless ninth.

The Thunder jumped out in front 1-0 in the bottom of the second. Aaron Rifkin led off the inning with a double to right center. After the next two batters were retired, JT Stotts singled to center and Rifkin scored, giving Trenton an early lead.

Altoona came back in the top of the fourth with back-to-back-to-back doubles off the bats of Nate McLouth, Ryan Doumit, and Josh Bonifay. These lead-off hits gave the Curve a 2-1 lead. After a fly out to left by Ronnie Paulino, Jeff Kleppinger singled to right and Bonifay scored to put Altoona ahead 3-1.

The Thunder came back with three in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Trenton led off the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles from Kevin Reese, Robinson Cano, and Dioner Navarro. Navarro's single knocked in Reese to cut the Altoona lead to 3-2. After Jackson Melian struck out, Aaron Rifkin doubled to left center, scoring Cano and Navarro and giving the Thunder a 4-3 lead.

Altoona came back with two of their own in the top of the eighth off a triplet of Thunder relievers. Jeremy Ward started the inning but was lifted after he hit the Brandon Chaves to lead off the inning. Tim Adkins came on behind Ward and gave up a single to Chris Duffy and threw wildly to first, allowing Chaves to make it to third. Chaves scored when the next batter, Nate McLouth, singled to right center, tying the game at 4. Duffy would score when Ryan Doumit grounded out to third base on a ball that JT Stotts thought about coming home with , but bobbled, and after the bobble, had only the play at first. Altoona was up 5-4.

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