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Thunder and Spikes play a 7-inning scoreless tie
August 5, 2021

(Trenton, NJ) – The MLB Draft League rules arrived at Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Wednesday night as the second game between the Trenton Thunder and State College Spikes ended in a 0-0 tie. The middle game of the series was played before a crowd of 2,130 but neither team was

(Trenton, NJ) – The MLB Draft League rules arrived at Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Wednesday night as the second game between the Trenton Thunder and State College Spikes ended in a 0-0 tie. The middle game of the series was played before a crowd of 2,130 but neither team was able to score as the Thunder’s scoreless streak reached 14 innings leading into Thursday night’s series finale.

Much like Tuesday night’s series opener, the starting pitchers were spectacular as righthanders Mitchell Verburg and Jason Alvarez squared off. Verburg, an Oregon State pitcher, retired the first seven Spikes he faced with five strikeouts. He surrendered two singles in the third but was able to record the third out prior to a 1-2-3 fourth inning. He allowed one more single and his lone walk during his final inning in the fifth, finishing his night with seven strikeouts before handing the ball to Michael DeSanti.

The Thunder had their best chance to strike against Alvarez in the second when they got back-to-back singles from Andrew Cossetti and Amir Wright to start the inning. Bret Williams followed by bouncing into a 6-4-3 double play and after a walk from Chris Cote, Michael Landry grounded out to Alvarez to end the threat.

Nathaniel Butterworth had the last Thunder hit with a two-out single in the third on a night where Alvarez delivered six innings with just three hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. DeSanti and Alec Whaley covered the last six outs for the Thunder, setting up Thursday’s series finale which is scheduled for nine innings.

The Trenton Thunder wrap up the MLB Draft League’s inaugural season at Trenton Thunder Ballpark all week long. The series against the State College Spikes continues on Thursday, August 5 at 6:00 PM when the first 500 fans ages 13 & up will receive an ARM & HAMMER Truck. All dogs are welcome at Trenton Thunder Ballpark! To purchase tickets, call (609)-394-3300, Opt 4 or visit trentonthunder.com.

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The Trenton Thunder have drawn over 10 million fans over 28 years and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the "Nation's Best Franchise" (2005), the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion (2003) and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (1998, given by Baseball America). The team has given back over $7.5 million worth of goods, services, and monetary donations through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at trentonthunder.com, facebook.com/trentonthunder, twitter.com/trentonthunder, and on youtube.com/AATrentonThunder.