(PR) TRENTON, NJ – Tyler Austin’s double to left center field brought home Slade Heathcott for a 3-2 Thunder win Sunday afternoon at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Heathcott walked with one out off Richmond reliever Phil McCormick. McCormick was then replaced by Richmond closer Daryl Maday. Austin was the next batter and on the third pitch of the at-bat he plugged the left-center field gap with a long fly ball that nearly was a walk-off homerun. Instead, the shot sent Heathcott sprinting around the bases and into a headfirst slide into home for the victory which pushed Trenton to a 33-30 record on the season.
Starting pitcher Zach Nuding went five innings in a no-decision effort. He exited with the ballgame tied after allowing six hits on 82 pitches. Caleb Cotham gets the win in his return from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with four innings of one-run ball. He allowed a homer on the second pitch he threw, but then retired the final 12 batters he faced to keep the Thunder in the game.
With the win, Trenton avoids being swept for the first time this season. The win also means that Trenton finishes the season with a winning record (8-6) versus the Flying Squirrels this season in 14 games.
The Thunder get a day off Monday before hosting the East Division-leading Binghamton Mets for three games starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The game features a starting pitcher matchup of RHP Mikey O’Brien (4-0, 3.71) against RHP Erik Goeddel (5-2, 4.40) for Richmond. 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 6:45 p.m.