TRENTON, NJ – Chance Adams delivered six innings of one-hit baseball – lowering his ERA to 2.12 – however, Thunder pitching walked five men in the top of the ninth to allow the visiting Reading Fightin Phils take a 4-1 victory on Saturday night in front of 7,617 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park.
The 7,617 fans was the largest crowd of the season at ARM & HAMMER Park and one of the 25 largest crowds in the ballpark’s history.
Cito Culver’s RBI double in the fourth inning gave the Thunder an early 1-0 advantage. He drove in Miguel Andujar who doubled earlier in the inning.
Reading drew the game even in the seventh after Adams left the ballgame. Caleb Smith allowed a leadoff double to Dylan Cozens and after Rhys Hoskins grounded out, Jake Fox singled home Cozens with a liner to left. The Thunder avoided further damage in the inning thanks to great glove work from the infield. With the bases loaded and one out, Osmel Aguila grounded a 2-2 pitch back to the mound that deflected off of Caleb Smith’s glove and toward second baseman Tyler Wade who grabbed it with the barehand and flipped to Cito Culver to begin a double play.
The Fightin Phils showed serious patience in the ninth inning working five walks off of Cale Coshow and Alex Smith to score three times in the frame. Harold Martinez singled in Cozens to make it 2-1 and later in the frame, Christian Marrero worked a bases loaded walk and Jesmuel Valentin singled another run home to make it 4-1.
The Thunder fell to 2-5 in games in which they are tied after eight innings this season. Chance Adams has now delivered four straight starts in which he’s allowed one hit or less. Opponents are batting 4-for-their-last 73 (.053 BAA) against Adams and all four have been extra-base hits.
Your Thunder continue their homestand on Sunday night at 5pm against the Fightin Phils. RHP Brady Lail will start for the Thunder, RHP Ricardo Pinto will go for Reading. It’s National Ice Cream Day and all fans can receive free soft serve ice cream. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.