Archive for July 30th, 2011

Thunder Go Nuts Against Squirrels

July 30, 2011

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – The Trenton Thunder (57-50) used a near record-setting offensive explosion in a 17-5 drubbing of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (59-48) in front of 7,511 fans on Saturday night at Waterfront Park. In game three of the four-game set, Yadil Mujica and Addison Maruszak each drove in four runs and Zoilo Almonte had four hits to lead the Thunder to their first win over the Squirrels in the last nine tries. Thunder starter Shaeffer Hall hurled seven innings to extend his team-lead in wins to ten.For the third straight night, the Thunder took the lead in the first inning. Just two batters into the game, Corban Joseph doubled to the right-centerfield gap to score Ray Kruml, who had walked and had stolen second base. After two more walks and two strikeouts, Jose Gil walked with the bases loaded to give Trenton a 2-0 lead. After Richmond’s starter Ryan Verdugo left the game, Yadil Mujica singled down the line in left to score two runs and put his squad ahead 4-0.

Richmond briefly tied the score at 4-4 with a four-run performance in the top of the third, and the Squirrels appeared to be right back in the ball game. That notion was short-lived as the Thunder immediately added five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 9-4 advantage. Yadil Mujica knocked another two-run single, and Addison Maruszak hit his sixth homerun of the season, a three-run shot. The Thunder brought nine men to the plate in the third, equaling the total brought to the dish in the first inning.

From that point forward, the Thunder tacked-on eight straight runs to easily win the game 17-5. The 17 runs mark the most scored in a game for Trenton this season, breaking the previous total of 13 that were scored in the last win at home on July 20. In the team’s eight innings at the plate, the Thunder scored at least one run in six of them. The seventeen runs also fall just three shy of the most scored in a game for the Thunder in franchise history.   

Five Thunder runs would have stood as plenty on Saturday night as Shaeffer Hall won his fourth straight game. Other than Richmond’s four-run, five hit third inning, Hall did not allow a hit and faced the minimum in six other innings. Hall’s tenth win increases his team-lead and brings him to second place in the Eastern League.  

The Thunder will conclude their four-game set with the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Waterfront Park on Sunday at 1:05 PM. Trenton will give the pearl to LHP Steve Garrison (3-6, 6.26), while the Squirrels will counter with LHP Clayton Tanner (3-8, 4.50). The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst begins at 12:45 PM. Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR and online at trentonthunder.com.

The first 1,000 fans ages five to 15 to Sunday’s Healthfirst New Jersey Kids’ Club game will receive Thunder Growth Charts presented by Allstate Insurance. For ticket information, contact the Thunder Ticket Office at 609-394-3300 or log on to trentonthunder.com.  

It Rained, They Lost

July 30, 2011

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – After a two-hour and eleven minute rain delay, the Richmond Flying Squirrels (59-47) used a late homerun from Chris Dominguez to beat the Trenton Thunder (56-50) 3-2 in front of 6,980 fans at Waterfront Park on Friday night. Austin Romine had three hits and an RBI for Trenton on another quiet night for the team’s offense. The win for the Flying Squirrels marks the eighth straight time that the team has beaten the Thunder.For the second straight night, the Thunder scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Against the tough Eric Surkamp, who occupies the lowest ERA in the Eastern League (2.05), Austin Romine drove in Ray Kruml from third base on a one-out infield single to shortstop. After Richmond scored twice in the top of the fifth, the Thunder immediately answered with a run to tie the score at 2-2. With two outs, Ray Kruml singled through the middle to keep the inning alive for Trenton. A batter later, Corban Joseph laced a double into the right-centerfield gap to score Kruml from first to tie the ball game.

A long solo homerun from Chris Dominguez in the top of the eighth inning gave the Flying Squirrels just enough to win on Saturday. The Thunder bats were held in check by the Richmond pitching staff for the majority of the night. The Squirrels’ starter Surkamp dominated Trenton’s offense to the tune of two runs on six hits and twelve punch-outs in six innings. Solid pitching has led Richmond to wins in each of the first two games in this series, surrendering a combined five runs.  

The Thunder will resume their four-game set with the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Waterfront Park on Saturday night at 7:05 PM. Trenton will give the pearl to LHP Shaeffer Hall (9-4, 4.07), while the Squirrels will counter with LHP Ryan Verdugo (7-4, 3.75). The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst begins at 6:45 PM. Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR and online at trentonthunder.com.

Fans with tickets to the July 29 game may exchange them for tickets of equal or lesser value to another 2011 Thunder regular season home game except August 25, subject to availability. Ticket stubs must be presented in person at the Thunder Ticket Office at Waterfront Park. This exchange is valid for all July 29 tickets whether they were used or not. Suite level and picnic tickets may be exchanged for pavilion or club level seats based on availability.

The Thunder invite you to Waterfront Park for a jam-packed Saturday afternoon and evening of events at Waterfront Park. Starting at 2:00 PM, the Community Blood Council of New Jersey will be holding a blood drive. Then, a Thunder Dance Team performance and Fireworks will immediately follow Faith Night at the ballpark. For ticket information, contact the Thunder Ticket Office at 609-394-3300 or log on to trentonthunder.com.


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