Trenton Thunder continued their home stand against Frederick Keys, extending the winning streak to four games with a 2-0 win. Cole Patten and the Thunder pitching staff combined to throw a one-hitter on the night.
Tonight's theme was all about defense, pitching, trying to get runs for each pitcher and working quickly. The game 2 hours 17 minutes with the fan attendance being 5,823 on a Friday night. It was a pitching duel till the 5th inning where Trenton Thunder finally scored a run and added one in the 6th inning also.
Patten was lights out to start the game for Trenton Thunder, as he allowed one hit and one walk in 4.0 innings of work, along with five strikeouts to lower his season era to 1.13. Benjamin Wilson followed Patten, allowing only two walks and striking out two in 2.0 innings of work.
Ashe Ammeriaan got the hold in his 2.0 innings of work, allowing a walk and striking out three to lower his season era to 2.45. Justin Stewart came in to close out the game for his first save of the season. His stuff was nasty and unhittable as the Frederick Keys hitters had trouble in the 9th inning against him. Trenton Thunder's pitching has been great the last two games to lead them where they are at right now.
Patten is definitely a name to watch after his dominant performance tonight. The Villanova product from Manasquan, NJ has learned a lot so far throughout his career at Villanova and the other places that he has been at before Trenton Thunder. His delivery reminds of MLB pitcher Charlie Morton who has a great story in his career. Patten has the ability to change speeds at any time during the game with his pitches and the Frederick Keys hitters were struggling getting on his pitches early. He loves to work quickly on the mound, already ready after throwing the previous pitch.
Trenton Thunder's offense was limited tonight also only with two runs one in the fifth and sixth innings. Kalil Folch and Socrates Bardatsos drove in the runs tonight to help out the fantastic pitching against Frederick Keys. They had seven total hits, seeing the pitches better later in the game and looking to change the at bat. The team would have liked to score more but the way Trenton Thunder's pitching was, two runs was enough.
It was a big night in the stadium as it was pork roll day. Fans wore pink hats, while the players and coaching staff had the pork roll uniforms on tonight. Trenton Thunder does a fantastic job with the fans when it comes to promotions, events and announcements on the big screen. The staff with Trenton Thunder is always working hard, getting the job done, interacting with the fans and making the experience fun.