PP Game Notes: Rock Cats 6, Thunder 2

TRENTON - The Thunder lost their ninth game of their last ten to fall to ten games under .500 at fifty-four and sixty-four for the season. The Rock Cats defeated the Thunder 6-2 in front of 6,119 paid fans on a muggy night at Waterfront Park. Boof Bonser turned in his sixth straight impressive outing for the Rock Cats, improving to 4-0 over that stretch and 9-9 on the season. Bonser allowed one earned run in his six and two thirds innings of work for New Britain.

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 year. 

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 Cat victory.

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