RICHMOND, VA – After going 22 consecutive innings without scoring a run, the Trenton Thunder jumped out to a large, early lead on Richmond Flying Squirrels starting pitcher Tyler Beede in a 7-3 victory Wednesday night at The Diamond.
The Thunder used Mark Payton (3-for-4, HR, 2R, 2RBI) in the cleanup spot and he got the scoring started on the second pitch of the 2nd inning with a leadoff homer off the 2014 1st round pick out of Vanderbilt. Trenton’s offense attacked for three more runs in the 3rd inning, which all came with two outs.
Tony Renda (0-for-3, 2BB, R) walked before Greg Bird drove home Renda and Jose Rosario to give the Thunder a 3-0 lead. Payton plated Bird moments later with a two-out RBI single of his own. Trenton’s offense knocked Beede out of the game in the 6th inning with five consecutive singles which resulted in three more runs and a 7-1 lead, which proved to be more than enough offense for the pitching staff.
Thunder starting pitcher Brady Lail posted his second consecutive start of seven innings and one run allowed. The victory, in which he scattered three hits, improved the righty’s record to 4-3 with the Thunder and lowered his season ERA to 2.48 on the season. The lone run against Lail came with two outs in the bottom of the 4th inning on Devin Harris’ fifth home run of the season.
That trimmed the deficit to 4-1 at the time, but it would only grow again before Harris’ second homer of the night in the 9th inning plated two more runs—though leaving Richmond still short of a potential comeback effort.
The win snaps a season-long five-game losing streak for the Thunder after the team had gone 2-9 in their last 11 games. With losses by the New Britain Rock Cats, Binghamton Mets and Reading Fightin Phils, the Thunder again find themselves in a tie for 2nd place in the East Division with the Binghamton Mets—trailing the Rock Cats by 2.0 games for the division lead.
The Thunder continue their four-game series against the Flying Squirrels Thursday at The Diamond with a 6:35 p.m. scheduled first pitch. Trenton throws LHP Miguel Sulbaran (3-5, 4.85) against RHP Kyle Crick (1-2, 2.40) which features pre-game coverage beginning at 6:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR, 1490 AM WBCB and online at www.trentonthunder.com.