Rob Segedin became the first Thunder player to record four hits in a game, in the Thunder’s 5-3 victory over the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Thursday night at ARM & HAMMER Park in front of 4,751 fans.
Segedin’s fifth home run of the season got the Thunder offense started in the first inning. His two-run shot off Reading starter Perci Garner gave the home team an early lead.
The Thunder’s designated hitter was in the middle of the offensive attack again in the fourth inning with an RBI single to score Ben Gamel. Gary Sanchez followed Segedin with an RBI double to take a 5-1 advantage for The Thunder. Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with a run batted in and a walk.
Reading rallied in the seventh inning for a pair of runs against Thunder starter Graham Stoneburner. Aaron Altherr, Brock Stassi and Tommy Joseph each doubled to bring the visitors within a 5-3 deficit before Stoneburner was removed from the game. Tyler Webb entered and retired each of the next three batters to protect the lead.
Stoneburner earned his second victory of the season throwing a season-high six innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, he struck out three.
Rob Refsnyder, Dan Fiorito and Ali Castillo each had a pair of hits in the game as the Thunder had 13 total in the win.
Pat Venditte threw a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season. The switch-pitcher has now been unscored upon in ten of his 12 appearances this season.
The Thunder continue their seven-game homestand tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. Join the Thunder as we celebrate 20 years of baseball on Friday night! The first 2,000 fans age 14 and up will receive a Tony Clark bobblehead doll presented by Capital Health. LHP Manny Banuelos (0-0, 3.00) will start for the Thunder, the Fightin’ Phils will counter with LHP Jesse Biddle (3-3, 3.43). Listen live on 91.3 WTSR and TrentonThunder.com beginning at 6:45 p.m.