Sean Henn continued his
string of mediocre outings, allowing four earned runs in his seven innings of
work. It was the eighth time this year Henn has pitched at least seven
innings for the Thunder. Henn said afterward that he "couldn't throw
his fastball" and that he was hurt by running many deep counts.
Henn was second in the Eastern League coming into tonight's start in
innings pitched, but said he still "feels 100%" but added that he
"feels it in the arm on bullpens."
After New Britain tied
the game at one in the second, Caonabo Cosme gave the Thunder the lead with
his first home run of the year. That gave the Thunder a 2-1 lead but that was
as close as they would get as the Rock Cats added one in the fourth and two in
the fifth and they would never look back. New Britain's runs in the fifth came
after Henn walked two batters before allowing a two-out double to
Garrett Jones that scored Tommy Watkins and Kevin West. Jones has been a
pleasant surprise for the Rock Cats, hitting one point shy of .300 for the
Thunder manager Stump
Merrill said after the game that it is disheartening to want to win and
compete and wind up with the results the Thunder have been getting recently.
He quickly added though, that the only answer is to run the players out there
tomorrow and hope they improve.
The Thunder relief corps
failed to keep the game close when Henn departed after seven innings with
the Thunder trailing 4-2. Tim Adkins came on behind Henn in the eighth and
allowed a two out home run to right off the bat of Bryan Kennedy to extend the
Rock Cat lead to 5-2. It was Kennedy's fifth homer of the year.
Jeremy King, recently recalled from Single-A Tampa, did no better in the ninth. In his second appearance since joining the Thunder, King allowed another run to score, making it 6-2 New Britain and killing any hope of a
Thunder comeback. After
retiring Jake Mauer to start the inning, King walked the next batter, Tommy
Watkins. Watkins advanced to third on not one, but two, wild pitches by King.
After retiring Luis Maza on a popup to first baseman Aaron Rifkin, King
allowed a single to Ryan Owens that allow Watkins to score and cement the Rock