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Thunder Drop Penultimate Regular-Season Game

September 1, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder News Release

The Thunder jumped out to a 2-0 second-inning lead Sunday night, but saw the lead slip away in the eighth inning in a 3-2 loss to the Reading Fightin Phils in front of a crowd of 6,431 at ARM & HAMMER Park.

Eastern League MVP Chris Gittens led off the bottom of the second inning for the Thunder (37-34, 75-62) with a bloop single to right-center. After the next two batters struck out, Rashad Crawford beat out an infield single, and Brian Navarreto and Max Burt followed with back-to-back RBI-singles for a 2-0 Thunder lead.

Reading starter Connor Seabold (3-1), however, proceeded to retire 16 of the final 18 batters he faced across seven innings.

Shawn Semple kept the Fightin Phils (41-30, 80-58) in check through five and one-third innings, allowing his only run on a Luke Williams RBI-triple in the fourth inning that cut the Thunder lead to 2-1.

Braden Bristo (1-1) entered in relief of Semple in the sixth inning and stranded an inherited runner on second, but after tossing a scoreless seventh, encountered trouble in the eighth. Cornelius Randolph led off with a triple and promptly scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly to deep right field by Nick Maton. Jack Conley hit a two-out single, stole second base and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Williams.

Seeking a comeback, the Thunder stranded runners on the corners in the eighth against reliever Jeff Singer, and got a leadoff walk in the ninth from Kyle Holder, who was retired on a double-play grounder as closer Addison Russ earned his 22nd save with a scoreless ninth.

Gittens led the Thunder with two hits in the game, while Hoy Jun Park extended his on-base streak to 10 games with a leadoff walk in the sixth inning.

Your Thunder conclude the 2019 regular season on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. against the Fightin Phils. RHP Nick Green (3-4, 6.99) will start for the Thunder, and RHP Colton Eastman (1-1, 1.88) will go for Reading. Pregame coverage begins at 12:40 p.m. on 1040 AM WCHR or online at

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