PP Game Notes: 8/3

The Trenton Thunder split a double header with the division leading Binghamton Mets, winning Game One by a score of 4-3 and losing Game Two 5-2.

Steve Karsay, on a rehab assignment with the Thunder, got the win in Game One, pitching a scoreless sixth. Karsay would say after his outing, "I felt good." He added that, "I am starting to get comfortable with my split, when that's there, I'll be ready." Sean Henn started Game One for the Thunder and gave up three runs in his five innings of work. David Shepard got his 17th save for the Thunder  for pitching the seventh.

Mitch Jones tied the game at one in the second with his 29th homer run of the year in the bottom of the second inning. After the Thunder put two more on the board in the third, Andy Cannizaro gave the Thunder the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. After reaching base with a double to left to start the inning, Aaron Rifkin stroked a two out single to right that scored Cannizaro and gave the Thunder the victory. Karsay recorded his first Double A win since 1993.

In Game Two, Carlos Reyes sought to be the second pitcher of the day to record their first Double AA win since 1993 but David Shepard gave up five runs in the top of the seventh to give the Mets a 5-2 victory. The Thunder took a 1-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit. Back to back walks to Cannizaro and Bronson Sardinha, coupled with a wild pitch from Mets starter Orlando Roman allowed Mitch Jones to loft a fly ball to left that gave the Thunder an early 1-0 lead. Jason Grove gave the Thunder an insurance run in the sixth when he hit his eighth home run of the year to right to put  Trenton up 2-0. David Shepard, the Thunder's usually reliable closer, gave up five runs in the two thirds of an inning to take the loss and drop to 3-5 on the year. According to Shepard, "It wasn't like I made mistakes. They laid off good pitchers pitches and hit some that got part of the plate." 

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