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    Tate Dazzles and Jackson Powers Thunder to Victory Over Richmond

    One night after the Thunder pitching staff walked 11 batters en route to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Richmond, right-hander Dillon Tate tossed six innings of two-hit ball to help pace Trenton to a 6-2 win to improve to 2-1 on the young season.

    For the first time in the series, Trenton got on the scoreboard first as shortstop Gosuke Katoh, who went 2-for-4 on Saturday, came home to score on a wild pitch by Squirrels starter Jordan Johnson to put the Thunder ahead 1-0 in the first inning.

    Richmond responded with a run of their own in the second inning as Squirrels designated hitter Dylan Davis put Richmond on the board with his second homer of the series to knot the score at one.

    An RBI double by Thunder second baseman Bruce Caldwell in the third inning and a sac-fly by left fielder Ben Ruta in the fourth inning staked Trenton to a 4-1 advantage.

    Meanwhile, after allowing back-to-back hits in the second inning, Tate settled in and retired the final 14 batters that he faced through his six innings of work. The 23-year old right-hander allowed just the two hits and did not walk a batter while fanning five in his first start of 2018.

    Trenton Thunder’s Jhalan Jackson homered for the second consecutive day on Saturday. (Martin Griff)

    Jhalan Jackson would homer for the second time as many days in the bottom of the sixth and Katoh chipped in an RBI single in the eighth to cap the Thunder scoring.

    Relievers Caleb Frare and Jose Mesa Jr. combined for two scoreless frames between the seventh and eighth innings and combined to fan five batters in that span. Right-hander Joe Harvey surrendered a leadoff homer to Jerry Sands in the ninth inning, but retired the next three batters to nail down the 6-2 Thunder win.