TRENTON, NJ – The Thunder scored seven times across the second and third innings in support of a strong outing from Cale Coshow to take an 8-2 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Saturday night in front of 5,508 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Coshow settled in after a 21-pitch first inning to throw 5.1 shutout innings and earn his first Double-A victory.
Tony Renda started the Thunder offense in the second inning with an RBI double and after he scored on Danny Oh’s run-scoring single, Francisco Arcia hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, to take an early 4-0 lead.
The Thunder added to the lead in the third when Renda drove in Rob Segedin with a single and he scored when Dante Bichette Jr. tripled to right to grab a 7-0 advantage.
Beede, despite the seven runs allowed in the second and third, went 6.1 innings and allowed a season-high 11 hits and eight runs in the loss. Saturday was the second time this season that Beede set season-high numbers in those categories against the Thunder.
Mark Payton went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Thunder offense, the three-hit night broke an 0-for-17 funk for Payton. Bichette Jr.’s three RBI game was the first for him since April 17 against the Portland Sea Dogs. Danny Oh extended his hit streak to ten games with his second inning single.
With the win, the Thunder are 3.5 games back of Binghamton for the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s East Division.
Your Thunder will go for the sweep on Sunday evening at 5:00pm. Sunday features an Apple Vacation giveaway and after the game, Kids Run the Bases, presented by TD Bank. The Thunder will send RHP Jaron Long (3-4, 3.43) to the mound, Richmond will send RHP Joan Gregorio (1-2, 3.36). Listen live to Thunder baseball on 91.3 WTSR and online at Trentonthunder.com beginning at 4:40pm on Sunday afternoon.