(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.