RICHMOND, VA — Kyle Haynes delivered seven innings of one-run ball for the Thunder and Mike Ford drew a bases loaded walk in the seventh inning to push the Thunder to a 2-1 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Tuesday night at The Diamond. It was the team’s fourth straight victory.
Haynes, who made his first 17 starts of the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, retired the first nine men he faced in the game. The Thunder had an early 1-0 lead thanks to a fielder’s choice groundout by Ford in the top of the first inning, but, Richmond drew even in their at bat in the fourth inning.
The right-hander from Stafford, VA, allowed just two baserunners in the following three innings to give the Thunder their third quality start (6.0 IP or more, 3 ER or less) in their last four games.
Haynes earned the victory when the Thunder walked their way to a run in the top of the seventh inning. Rehabbing San Francisco Giants left-hander Josh Osich walked three of the first four batters he faced before being relieved by Tyler Mizenko. Mizenko got Miguel Andujar to pop out for the second out of the inning, however, Mike Ford battled back and drew a walk to force in a run and take a 2-1 Thunder lead.
Matt Wotherspoon finished the victory on the mound with two scoreless innings allowing only a ninth inning single. Haynes and Wotherspoon combined to retire 11 straight men between Stephen Duggar’s hit by pitch in the fifth and Chris Shaw’s single in the ninth.
The Thunder drew eight walks in the game, one shy of their season-high. Billy McKinney saw his seven game on-base streak come to an end on Tuesday night and Tyler Wade, who walked twice, jumped into the team lead in stolen bases with a pair of swipes. Wade has 21 stolen bases this season.
Your Thunder continue their series in Richmond at 7:05 Wednesday night.. RHP Will Carter will start for the Thunder, RHP Tyler Beede will go for Richmond. Listen live to Thunder baseball on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at Trentonthunder.com beginning at 6:50pm.