TRENTON, NJ – In front of 6,112 fans, the Thunder fell behind early and saw a late rally fall short in the ninth in their 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Richmond Flying Squirrels at ARM & HAMMER Park Sunday night.
Vicente Campos surrendered four runs on five hits in the deciding third inning and suffered his first loss in a Thunder uniform. Campos did deliver seven innings, allowing only three hits in the other six innings he threw.
Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Thunder rallied against Rodolfo Martinez. Mark Payton walked with one out and after a strikeout, Sebastian Valle crushed a two-run home run to deep left. Following the home run, Cito Culver drew a walk and Dan Fiorito doubled him in with a grounder down the third base line. Following Fiorito’s double, Tyler Mizenko entered and got Dante Bichette Jr. to bounce out to third base and end the game.
Dan Slania took home the victory for Richmond with 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Slania kept the Thunder off balance throughout the night by scattering four hits and a pair of walks in his outing.
Michael O’Neill led the Thunder offense with a two-hit game. Despite splitting the four-game series with Richmond, the Thunder finished off a 5-2 homestand and their 52-31 record is third-best in all of Minor League Baseball.
The Thunder hit the road for a seven-game trip to Bowie and Richmond beginning tomorrow at 6:35 in Bowie. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:20 on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at Trentonthunder.com.