(PR) RICHMOND, VA – The Richmond Flying Squirrels used a five-run third inning to anchor a 5-1 victory over the Trenton Thunder Sunday afternoon in front of 6,105 fans at The Diamond.
All five Flying Squirrels runs were scored off lefty reliever Jeremy Bleich who needed ten batters to retire the side in the 3rd inning. The loss was the first decision of the season for Bleich who was making his first relief appearance since returning from the DL with left knee soreness.
Thunder starting pitcher Caleb Cotham tossed two innings of shutout ball, and was replaced after just two innings of work by Bleich.
Trenton got the scoring started in the 1st inning off starting pitcher Justin Fitzgerald who allowed one, unearned run over seven innings to drop his season ERA to 1.09. Tyler Austin stepped into the box with Jose Pirela on first and one out. Austin ripped a line drive to center field that Ryan Lollis made a diving play on, but couldn’t catch. It scooted past him to the wall and allowed Pirela to score and Austin to cruise into third base with his first triple of the season. That would be all Trenton could muster in a six-hit effort off Fitzgerald and the Richmond bullpen.
The Thunder return home to ARM & HAMMER Park to square-off against the Binghamton Mets for the first time this season in Game 1 of a three-game series Monday at 7:05 p.m. The game features LHP Matt Tracy (2-2, 10.989) for Trenton against a yet-to-be-named pitcher for the Mets. Limited tickets are available through the Thunder box office at (609) 394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com/tickets. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 p.m.