RICHMOND, VA - The Thunder scored in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead, but Richmond piled on nine unanswered runs in a 9-1 Flying Squirrels victory at The Diamond.
Starting pitcher Brian Mitchell took the ball in the bottom of the first inning with the lead and recorded the first out of the ballgame, but then he surrendered three straight hits and then a three-run homer to Angel Villalona for a 4-1 deficit. Richmond added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to make it 7-1 and then used a walk and two doubles in the eighth inning to put them ahead 9-1.
In his third start since coming off the Disabled List, Mitchell was charged with the loss in 3.0 innings with four runs (4 ER) and no strikeouts. In relief of Mitchell, Graham Stoneburner went the final 5.0 innings, allowing five runs (4 ER) on 86 pitches-- 57 strikes.
The Thunder offense was held to just four hits in the ballgame, but they were able to manufacture a run in the top of the first inning to avoid being shutout. Mason Williams began the game with a walk and a steal of second base. After a strikeout by Ben Gamel and a hit-by-pitch to Rob Segedin to put runners on first and second with one out, Peter O'Brien dropped an RBI single down the left field line for Trenton's lone run of the game. O'Brien finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Trenton lowers its record to 27-23 with the loss, after having won 4-of-6 overall entering Sunday's ballgame.
The Thunder continue their seven-game road trip Sunday in Richmond, Va. against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. First pitch is scheduled for a 1:35 p.m. start time with a 1:20 pre-game show that can be found streaming on 91.3 FM, the TuneIn Radio app and on www.trentonthunder.com.