(Trenton, NJ) – The Trenton Thunder looked like they might pull out their best win of the season on Thursday night, but it wasn’t meant to be as the Williamsport Crosscutters escaped with their fifth straight win in the season series before a crowd of 5,537. Trailing 5-0 in the ninth, the Thunder scored twice and had the winning run at the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. But that’s where it ended, and a baserunning gaffe cost the Thunder (26-38) a chance to pull off the miracle. Instead, they head into their final home series this weekend against the Frederick Keys stuck in a seven-game losing streak.
After scoring in the first inning in five straight games at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, the Crosscutters finally failed to do so against Thunder starter Jose Ledesma. However in the second, they sent eight to the plate and came away with three runs on a fielder’s choice by Mitch Hundley *and a two-RBI single from leadoff hitter *Taylor Jackson. The Crosscutters left fielder finished with four hits on a night where the lineup totaled nine.
Ledesma (0-4) eventually retired seven straight until putting the first two batters on in the top of the fifth. That’s when lefthander Adrien Reese *entered from the bullpen and recorded the next three outs while stranding the bases loaded. He then stranded two more runners in the sixth before putting the first two Crosscutters on in the top of the seventh. With *Hunter Waldis on the mound, a passed ball advanced the runners and *Chris Swanberg *blooped a double down the left field line to push the lead to 5-0.
Trenton’s Paul Coumoulos *and *Troy Banks *each had two hits in the game as Coumoulos led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk after fighting back from no balls and two strikes. A single from *Damian Yenzi *and another walk to *Mark Herron *gave *Jonathan Waite *and *Sam Freedman *an opportunity to work back-to-back walks and make it 5-2. *Jesse Bolt *then entered from the bullpen and got a strikeout with the winning run at the plate and the bases loaded. Pitching to pinch-hitter *Ryan McCarthy, he skipped a pitch in the dirt that bounced to the left of home plate. All the runners then started moving off the bases and after a throw across the diamond failed to nab Freedman, Herron was thrown out on a mad dash towards home. Bolt ended the game with a strikeout for his second save and Williamsport’s (39-28) fifth consecutive win.
The final homestand continues on Friday, August 26 at 7:00 PM when the Thunder start a three-game series against the Frederick Keys. It’s a Bark at the Park presented by Dogs and Cats Rule, and one lucky fan and dog will have a chance to win $10,000! Gates open at 5:15 PM for season ticket holders and 5:30 PM for all fans, and $2 Case’s Pork Roll Sandwiches will be available all game! For full ticket pricing and information for the rest of the 2022 season, partnership/sponsorship opportunities, and information about special events at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, please visit trentonthunder.com or call the Thunder Box Office at (609) 394-3300, opt 4.
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