(Richmond, VA) – The Trenton Thunder (7-10) dropped game one of a four-game set against the Richmond Flying Squirrels Monday night by a score of 9-5. Ray Kruml led the Thunder offensively, going 3-4 with 3 RBI, but his big night was not enough as the Thunder could not overcome a six-run sixth inning by the Flying Squirrels.
The Thunder struck first in the ballgame, when they brought in a run in the top of the second inning. Squirrel starter Thomas Vessella walked Melky Mesa and Corban Joseph, and, with two outs, Ray Kruml pulled a ball through the hole at second base to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead.
After Richmond scored twice in the bottom of the third, the Thunder would answer with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 5-2 lead. Addison Maruszak knocked a run-scoring single in the fourth, and Corban Joseph doubled home a run in the fifth. Kruml, who picked-up his first multi-RBI game of 2011, would add RBI-singles in both the fifth and sixth innings.
That would be it for the Thunder offense, though, as Ricmond would bounce-back to score six runs in the bottom of the sixth off of Thunder pitchers Cory Arbiso and Naoya Okamoto. Squirrel relief pitcher David Quinowski retired the final thirteen Thunder batters he faced in the game.
Trenton resumes their four-game series with the Flying Squirrels Tuesday night from The Diamond in Richmond, VA, at 6:35 PM. LHP Shaeffer Hall (1-1, 3.12) will pitch for the Thunder and will oppose RHP Daryl Maday (0-1, 3.31) for the Flying Squirrels. Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:20 PM on the Trenton Thunder Radio Network.