TRENTON, NJ – Tony Renda’s two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a comeback win, 6-5, over Reading Wednesday night in front of 5,056 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Trailing 5-4, Taylor Dugas walked to begin the inning and Jake Cave followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position. Renda then lined a 1-0 offering from Nefi Ogando into the right field corner to score both runners and take the lead.
Nick Goody allowed just one hit and struck out five batters over the final two innings to finish his fourth save of the season.
The Thunder scored four times in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. Jake Cave (3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB) drove in two with a double and later, Greg Bird drove in Cave with a single.
Reading rallied back with single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings; each time taking advantage of a Thunder error. Cesar Vargas earned his fourth win of the season after the Thunder rally.
Cave, with three more hits, is now 15-for-32 (.469) in his last eight home games. Cito Culver (2-for-3, 1 R, BB) is batting .333 over his last 19 games and has raised his batting average 81 points.
Your Thunder will look to take the series from Reading on Thursday night at 7:00pm. The Thunder will send RHP Eric Ruth (4-0, 1.93), the Fightin’ Phils will send LHP Tom Windle (2-3, 4.82). Thursday night features Post-Game Fireworks set to music from Billy Joel, Thirsty Thursday and the first 2,000 fans will receive New Jersey Lottery Tickets. Tickets for the game can be ordered online at Trentonthunder.com/tickets or by phone at 609-394-3300.