It was fitting that one of the most consistent players on the leagues best team would shine in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in New Hampshire.
Thunder outfielder Zack Zehner was named MVP of the game after going 2-for-2 with two RBI and what ultimately proved to be the game-winning hit for the East in their 7-1 victory over the West.
In his first season at the Double-A level, Zehner has slashed .281/.387/.418 with five homers and 40 RBI for Trenton. For an offense that has lost stars like Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Mike Ford, and Jake Cave to promotion, Zehner along with infielder Thairo Estrada have been the constants day in and day out for Thunder Manager Bobby Mitchelll.
Estrada started for the East and played the entire game at shortstop. The 21-year old righty recorded the first hit of the game for the East in the first inning and finished the day going 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
In 80 games for Trenton, Estrada has recorded 103 hits, which trails only Garabez Rosa‘s 111 for the top mark in the league, while posting a .319 batting average which is the fourth best in the EL at the break.
The 23-year old Ramirez is the league leader in wins with a 9-3 mark. In 75 2/3 innings spanning 15 starts, the former Rule V selection has allowed just 66 hits and has fanned 76, which is fifth best in the league.
That one run for the West held up until the bottom of the sixth inning when Zehner, who entered the game in the fifth inning, broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single to centerfield to put the East ahead for good. The East would tack on four more runs en route to an eventual 7-1 victory.