Nuts! Thunder Drop Twinbill To Flying Squirrels

(PR) (Richmond, VA) – In games one and two of a four-game set from The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia, the Trenton Thunder (48-36) fell 5-1 and 9-6 to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (43-29) on Tuesday night. The 5-1 loss was the completion of a suspended game from Monday night. Then, in the night cap, the Flying Squirrels scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a walk-off grand slam from Francisco Peguero, to win the game.

When Monday night’s action resumed Tuesday evening, the Thunder had a 1-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the second inning. But, Johnny Monell homered on the very first pitch of the resumed action, and the Flying Squirrels tied the score at 1-1. Steve Garrison allowed three more runs and took the loss as the Thunder fell 5-1. Richmond’s Eric Surkamp, who possesses the lowest ERA in the Eastern League (1.61), struck out eleven to win his seventh game of the season.

The Thunder had the lead for 20 outs in the second game on Tuesday night, a seven-inning affair. Solo homeruns from Jose Pirela and Corban Joseph and a two-run shot from Cody Johnson had the team ahead 6-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning. Alan Horne came on to attempt his third save of the season for the Thunder but came up short. The righty allowed two runs to come in and was replaced by Naoya Okamoto with two outs and the bases loaded. Okamoto allowed a walk-off grand slam to the only batter he faced, Francisco Peguero, and the Thunder fell 9-6.

Game three of the four-game Thunder-Squirrel series from Richmond is Wednesday night at 7:05 PM. The Thunder will send RHP Craig Heyer (7-3, 3.18) to mound at The Diamond. The Flying Squirrels will counter with RHP Justin Fitzgerald (6-4, 3.55). The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:50 PM. Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR or log-on to trentonthunder.com.

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