PP Game Notes: Navigators 6, Thunder 2

The Trenton Thunder lost their second consecutive game to the Norwich Navigators by a score of 6-2 on Sunday night at Waterfront Park. Ramon Ramirez took the loss for the Thunder falling to 2-4 on the year after giving up five runs in his seven innings of work. Navigators starter Matt Cain improved to 5-1 on the year, allowing two runs in seven innings.

Norwich jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first on a one out solo homer by David Ortmeier in the top of the second , but the Thunder came back with two of their own in the bottom half. Mitch Jones led off the Thunder second with a homer down the left field line to tie the game at one. After Rifkin struck out, Jason Grove walked and Craig Wilson singled to right and Grove advanced to third. David Parrish followed with a sacrifice fly to right center that scored Grove and gave the Thunder a 2-1 lead. That was all the offense the Thunder would muster in this game though. Ramirez would give up a total of three home run balls, one each in the second, third and fourth innings. Julian Benavidez hit a one out homer to tie the game in the third, Norwich's second of the game. In the third, Norwich added two more runs when after retiring the first two batters he faced, Ramirez allowed a double to Ortmeier that was followed by the Navigators third homer in as many innings off the bat of Chris Curry to give Norwich a 4-2 lead.

Trenton tried to mount a rally in the fifth when after a lead off walk to Craig Wilson and back to back singles by Parrish and Jake Weber, Kevin Thompson lined into a 5-4-3 triple play that ended the Trenton threat and any hopes the Thunder had of getting back in the game. Thunder manager Stump Merrill said after the game that this was the first time he had ever been involved in a no hitter in his long career and that "that play took the wind out of our sails." The Navigators added one more in the sixth to make it 5-2 when with Jay Pecci on second after leading off with a single and stealing second, Mike Cervenak, who is hitting close to .600 against Thunder pitching this year, hit a ball one step to the left of Bronson Sarrdinha. Sardinha committed his 15th error in 37 games with the Thunder, allowing the ball to reach left fielder Mitch Jones who failed to pick the ball up cleanly, allowing Pecci to score.

Steve Karsay appeared in a rehab outing tonight, pitching a scoreless eighth, allowing a hit and notching a strikeout. Karsay would say after the game that he would pitch on an inning on Tuesday as well as on back to back on the upcoming road trip to Binghamton this weekend. Karsay added, "I feel like I'm as ready as I'm going to be and that this is Spring Training for me."

Tim Adkins allowed an unearned run in the ninth to account for Norwich's final 7-2 margin.

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