The Thunder showed plenty
of signs of fatigue from a 1-6 road trip and an eight hour bus ride back from
Portland as they committed three errors and looked downright dreadful for most
of this one. Carlos Reyes fell to 0-5, taking the loss pitching five and a third
innings and allowing three earned runs. Henry Bonilla got the win for the Rock
Cats, improving to 9-9 on the season. Bobby Korecky worked a perfect ninth
to earn his 22nd save. In the simple, succinct phrases of Thunder manager Stump
Merrill, "We just didn't get it done tonight."
The Thunder held a 2-0 lead
after five innings before imploding in the sixth. After getting the first batter
out to start the sixth, Reyes allowed back to back homeruns to Kevin West and
Garrett Jones to tie the game at 2. Jones ball landed in the Delaware River, out
over the right field wall. Bryan Kennedy followed with a single to right and
stole second before Tommy Watkins followed with a double to left that scored
Kennedy and gave New Britain a 3-2 lead and they would never look back. The Rock
Cats would score six in the sixth to cement their advantage.
Trenton would add one in
the bottom half to cut the lead to 6-3, but Trenton would get no closer. The
Thunder have lost eight of their last nine games and have fallen to the bottom
of the Eastern League North. Trenton scored their run on three straight singles
to start the end of the sixth. Mitch Jones, the third in the parade of singles,
smacked one to left that scored Bronson Sardinha to cap the Thunder offense.