(PR) Richmond, VA- One day after being shut out, Trenton took out their frustrations on Richmond, and shut down the Flying Squirrels 6-0 on Monday night at The Diamond. With the win, the Thunder improve to 57-38 on the year.
After mustering one hit over the first two innings, the Thunder struck first with runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Edwar Gonzalez was hit by a pitch by RHP Michael Main and then stole second base. After Main walked Justin Snyder, Austin Romine hit a fly ball to center field, allowing Gonzalez to tag from third and score the first run of the game. In the fourth, Matt Cusick reached on a throwing error by Main and scored on an RBI triple by Jack Rye to give Trenton a 2-0 lead.
The Thunder came away with two more runs in the fifth inning, as Main (0-2) committed another throwing error, allowing Justin Christian to reach base. Snyder followed with a bunt hit to put runners at first and second base with no outs. However, Christian was picked off between second and third with Romine at bat. Three pitches later, Romine knocked an RBI double to left field, scoring Snyder to put the Thunder on top 3-0. A single by Brandon Laird moved Romine to third base, and a sacrifice fly by Daniel Brewer brought in Romine for a 4-0 Trenton lead.
RHP Lance Pendleton (8-4) held Richmond to one hit, walked four and struck out five in six innings of work. Richmond threatened by loading the bases in both the seventh and eighth innings, but George Kontos was able to dance around trouble both times, getting the potential tying runs at the plate to end both threats.
Trenton plated more insurance in the ninth, as Gonzalez scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian, and Marcos Vechionacci came in from third on a wild pitch by Andrew Sisco.
Trenton and Richmond play the middle game of their three game series on Tuesday night starting at 7:05 PM. RHP Hector Noesi will start the game for the Thunder, while Richmond gives the ball to RHP Felix Romero. Catch all the action on 107.7 FM The Bronc or at http://www.trentonthunder.com