Thunder Fall as Reading Rallies Twice
Reading rallies in the third and fifth innings proved too much for the Thunder offense, which sputtered in a 9-2 loss Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 6,382 at ARM & HAMMER Park.
The Thunder (4-3, 42-30) recorded 10 hits in the game but stranded seven runners and went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The top four men in the Thunder lineup- Hoy Jun Park, Kyle Holder, Ben Ruta, and Mandy Alvarez- led the team with two hits each.
After Thunder right-hander Albert Abreu (4-6) and rehabbing Phillies right-hander Tommy Hunter traded zeroes for the first two innings, the Fightins (4-4, 42-33) pestered Abreu for three runs in the third. Austin Bossart drew a leadoff walk and after a single by Jose Gomez, Josh Steven plated the game's first run with a double off the right field wall. Alec Bohm followed with an RBI-groundout and Darick Hall knocked a run-scoring double off the wall in left for a 3-0 Reading lead.
An RBI-single in the fourth by Mandy Alvarez put the Thunder on the board and trimmed the deficit to four runs, but the Fightins broke open the floodgates in the fifth, sending 10 men to the plate and tagging Abreu and reliever Trevor Lane for five runs on three hits, a pair of walks and an error.
Abreu was charged with eight runs (six earned), matching a career high. Lane ate up two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief before Will Carter pitched the final two frames and allowed a Hall RBI-double in the ninth.
The final Thunder run came in the eighth on a Kyle Holder sacrifice fly off Mauricio Llovera (3-3), who pitched five innings as Reading's piggyback starter.
Your Thunder continue their homestand on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. against the Fightin Phils. RHP Nick Nelson (2-1, 2.66) will start for the Thunder, and RHP Adonis Medina (5-3, 4.05) will go for Reading. The first 1,000 fans ages 14 and up will receive a Thunder Cheer Card, presented by NBC Sports Philadelphia. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.
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