PP Game Notes: Rock Cats 7, Thunder 3

TRENTON - Just when you think it couldn't get any worse for the last place Thunder, they put on an exhibition like this one against the New Britain Rock Cats. The Thunder lost to New Britain 7-3 in front of 5,430 fans at Waterfront Park.

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.

Pinstripes Plus Top Stories