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Trenton Thunder Win 11-5 In A Thrilling Game Against Frederick

Last night, the Trenton Thunder and Frederick Keys were in 1 hour and 15-minute rain delay. They eventually started at 7:45 or so and played seven innings. A lot of fans showed up for the Penn State safety Ji'Ayir Brown meet and greet/ autograph signing. Also, there were fireworks for the fans after the game. Yesterday Trenton Thunder/Frederick combined for 16 runs, 16 hits, five errors and six hit by pitches. In the beginning, both pitchers were doing good, but Frederick's pitcher Jonathan Pintaro gave up one in the third and struggled in the fourth giving up five runs.

In these two games, the fourth inning has been great to Trenton Thunder, combining for 11 runs. The offense was able to take advantage of the Frederick's pitching again by getting hit by the pitcher, timely hitting, running the bases, creating runs in different ways and working the count. This offense scored 19 runs in the series and is heating up at the right time with All-Star break coming up. The totals were 30 at bats, 11 runs, 12 hits, nine RBIs, two walks and 10 strikeouts for the offense yesterday. E.J. Exposito, Ryan McCarthy, John Cristino, Gustavo Sosa, Tate Ballestero, Caleb McNeely and Jorge Bojorquez all made contributions for Trenton Thunder yesterday.

Even though Trenton Thunder won the seventh was a struggle for the pitching giving up 4 runs and the defense was struggling having four errors in the game. They need to be consistent on defense, don't rush the throws and be ready for every play.

Here is the line for each pitcher for Trenton Thunder in the game yesterday starting with Braeden Fausnaught who went 3.0 innings, allowing two hits, zero runs, one walk and three strikeouts (2.45 era). Next was Roel Garcia, who picked up the win, pitched 1.0 innings, only allowing a walk and striking out one.

Then Malcolm Gilchrist who allowed one hit, one run, one walk and one strikeout in his inning of work (12.51 era). Hunter Waldis pitched 0.2 innings, allowing one hit, four runs (three earned) and three walks (16.20 era). DJ Wilkinson closed the game as he struck out the final batter of the night (4.15 era). There is a lot to improve but the pitchers did good in the series.

Before throwing the first pitch, Brown came into the press box for a pregame interview. Jersey Sporting News asked him about his Penn State experience, playing underneath coach James Franklin, Micah Parsons and his favorite safety to watch in the NFL. Brown is ranked as one of the top safeties in the Big Ten.

Trenton Thunder are now 20-18 heading into the All-Star break and MLB Draft tonight. This team could look a lot different in the second half of the season with roster movement. The break is much needed as they continue to play better baseball of late. It will be interesting to see how many players from this team will get drafted. Names to watch in the draft for Trenton Thunder are Jo Jo Rodriguez and Andrew Cossetti. All of these players are ready for this moment, and it shows how hard they work to get better.

Trenton Thunder Finish the First Half on a High Note Going 20-18 For A Much Needed All Star Break. Look For Trenton Thunder to Continue This in the Second Half and Expect Roster Changes




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