TRENTON, NJ – Jared Mitchell hit a walk-off solo home run with two out in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Thunder to a 3-2 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Mitchell’s solo home run was his first of the season and the first extra inning victory of the season for the Thunder.
Jordan Montgomery delivered six shutout innings to begin the game for the home team. By allowing just four hits and a pair of walks, Montgomery recorded his third quality start of the season and first since April 23 against Akron.
The Thunder held a 1-0 lead throughout much of the game thanks to a first inning run-scoring single from Lane Adams. Tyler Austin added to that lead in the sixth with an RBI double over the head of the left fielder, Tyler Horan.
Richmond responded with a run in the top of the seventh. Former Thunder INF Ali Castillo started the rally with a double and Christian Arroyo singled him home later in the frame. In the eighth, Jeff Arnold greeted Thunder reliever Jonathan Holder with a solo home run to the opposite field.
Trenton’s bullpen managed to keep it a tie game despite loading the bases with one out in the tenth. Holder, managed to get out of the frame with a strikeout and a pop out and set up Mitchell’s 11th inning heroics.
Tyler Jones picked up his first victory in a Thunder uniform with a scoreless inning on the mound. Thunder pitching struck out 12 in the game.
Your Thunder will play game two of their series with Richmond on Wednesday morning at 10:30am. RHP Cale Coshow (0-3, 3.55) will start for the Thunder, LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-0, 2.70) will go for the Flying Squirrels. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.