It Rained, They Lost

(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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