RICHMOND, VA – The Trenton Thunder carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Richmond Flying Squirrels walked off with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning for a 2-1 win.
Trenton had that lead and reliever Cale Coshow had a pair of strikes on Brandon Bednar who slapped a line drive double up the right-centerfield alley to begin the inning. After an infield single where Tyler Wade made a sliding stop in shallow centerfield to prevent a run from scoring, runners were at first and third with no outs. Chris Shaw was up next for the Squirrels and he lifted a sac fly to deep left field which not only scored Bednar but also advanced Arroyo into scoring position.
There was one out and a runner at second base when Hunter Cole chopped a grounder to second base and it was bobbled by Cito Culver, allowing Cole to reach and putting runners on the corners with one out. As a result of the error, the outfield was drawn in when Ryder Jones hit a fly ball in the air to left field which landed shy of the warning track, but was too deep for left fielder Mark Payton to make the catch due to the defensive positioning. With that swing, Richmond walked-off with a win for a second consecutive night.
The game was scoreless through seven innings before Trenton scored a run on an RBI single by Tyler Wade, two batters after a double into the right field corner by Cito Culver. That run came off Richmond starting pitcher Andrew Suarez, who was removed after allowing the hit to Wade.
Thunder starting pitcher Vicente Campos threw seven scoreless innings and exited in line for his fourth victory of the season. Richmond notched consecutive hits off Campos with two outs in the first inning and they did not get another hit off of him, and did not record another hit off Thunder pitching until the ninth–inning rally. The Thunder righty lowered his season ERA from 3.55 to 3.00 with the start, and his record on the season remains 3-1. He faced the minimum 15 batters from the second through the sixth inning, and escaped trouble in the seventh by striking out Steven Lerud after issuing consecutive walks to put a pair of runners aboard.
Trenton had been 41-1 on the season when leading after eight innings entering the night. The game also marked the third time on the season- and the first time since April 20th– that the Thunder played a game which was scoreless into the eighth inning.
Trenton and Richmond return to action Saturday night at The Diamond for a scheduled 6:05 p.m. first pitch. RHP Chance Adams (3-0, 3.27) takes the ball for the Thunder against RHP Dan Slania (7-5, 3.02) for the Flying Squirrels. Pregame coverage begins at 5:50 p.m. on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.