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Thunder Sweeps Into First Place

Since April the Trenton Thunder have used great pitching and timely hitting to pace an attack that has pushed the Thunder to the top of the Eastern Division. It isn’t just the Killer Bees doing the great pitching it is up and down the rotation and the bullpen also.

The hitting has been featuring a player or two it seems on a weekly basis that gets a hot bat and the team as a whole in the late innings of games making aopposition’s lead seem unsafe even with two outs in the ninth inning.

The Thunder started the month of May with a dismal road record of 6-12 while maintaining a outstanding home record keeping the team in the hunt. The team has evened their road record at 13-13 while keeping the homefront at Waterfront Park strong.

But all is not completely well on the clubhouse front, Thunder hitting coach Julius Matos has been replaced by roving hitting instructor James Rowson who is highly regarded throughout the league. Matos was removed by Manager Tony Franklin after the two had a confrontation following a loss to the Curve last Tuesday night. Matos is currently at the Yankee’s minor league complex in Tampa.

Catcher Austin Romine of the Thunder the number two hitting prospect in the Yankee’s organization has missed the last three games from concussion like symptoms suffered in a collision at the plate Thursday against Altoona. The team will keep him out until further tests are complete.

Pitcher Warner Madrigal after just two appearances with the club is facing season ending elbow surgery.

The Thunder roll out a four game set against the Reading Phillies in Reading before coming home to Waterfront Park this weekend against the Binghamton Mets.

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