(PR) RICHMOND, VA — Offense was not hard to come by in Saturday’s ballgame where the Thunder and Flying Squirrels combined for 23 runs on 30 hits in Richmond’s 15-8 victory.
Trenton starting pitcher Francisco Rondon went 4.2 IP but allowed a career-high 10 runs (five earned) before giving way to lefty Shaeffer Hall. Hall entered the game and tossed 3.1 innings while being tagged for seven hits and five runs.
Offensively the Thunder jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning and even tied the game 5-5 in the 4th thanks to Tyler Austin’s second home run of the season. Richmond would score five times in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead once-and-for-all 10-5, and wouldn’t look back. Trenton scored twice in the 9th inning to cut the deficit to seven runs, and avoided matching their season worst losing margin from April 8th New Hampshire where the Thunder lost by 8 runs.
Slade Heathcott, Casey Stevenson and Jose Pirela paced the offense with three-hit games to lead the Thunder’s 16-hit attack. Tyler Austin and Neil Medchill joined Heathcott, Stevenson and Pirela as five of the nine starters to notch multi-hit games.
With the loss, Trenton is now 5-1 against the Flying Squirrels this season including their four-game sweep at ARM & HAMMER Park April 11 – 14.
The Thunder conclude the three-game series with a rubber game Sunday at 2:05 p.m. The game features RHP Caleb Cotham (1-1, 4.31) for Trenton against RHP Justin Fitzgerald (2-0, 1.38) for the Flying Squirrels who is third in the Eastern League in ERA entering Saturday. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 1:50 pm