RICHMOND, VA – In a game that began after a 1:19 delay, the Trenton Thunder jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Richmond Flying Squirrels before heavier rains blew through The Diamond and ended the game in the top of the 6th inning.
Richmond starting pitcher Kyle Crick needed 37 pitches in the first inning, and faced eight batters before being lifted from the ballgame. Crick walked four batters and allowed a pair of hits in the game while only recording a pair of outs before hitting his single-inning pitch limit. The Thunder had Jake Cave at third base with two outs in the first inning, leaving Crick just one pitch away from a scoreless first inning before the Thunder had five straight men reach base.
Dan Fiorito and Tony Renda each knocked in a run in the inning before the bases were loaded for Taylor Dugas who battled against Crick and reached on the eighth pitch of the at-bat to extend Trenton’s lead to 3-0.
Miguel Sulbaran started for the Thunder but did not come out for the second inning following a 1-2-3 first inning. It was Caleb Cotham who entered for three innings of shutout ball in which he struck out five batters and scattered two hits to earn his fourth win of the season.
The Thunder victory, coupled with losses by New Britain, Binghamton and a rainout by Reading puts the Thunder in sole possession of the East Division Wild Card spot and one game behind New Britain for the East Division lead.
The Thunder conclude their four-game series against the Flying Squirrels Thursday in their final game of the season at The Diamond with a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch. Trenton throws LHP Caleb Smith (4-4, 4.50) against LHP Kelvin Marte (6-0, 2.66) as the Thunder aim to take three-out-of-four in the series. Friday’s ballgame features pre-game coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com.