The Thunder jumped to an
early 2-0 lead in the third and held the lead the entire evening. Jason Grove
and Omar Fuentes led off the second with back to back singles to left before
Kevin Thompson promptly followed with a double that scored Grove and advanced
Fuentes to third with no outs. Thompson however would leave the game with an
undisclosed back injury he suffered on a diving catch he made in right
centerfield to end the top of the third inning. Thunder manager Stump Merrill
described Thompson's status after the game as "day to day." After Jake Weber replaced Thompson at second, Andy Cannizaro contributed an infield single
that scored Fuentes and staked the Thunder to an early lead.
The Thunder added one more
in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead when Weber doubled to the right field wall and
scored Fuentes who had reached on a double to the left field corner.
The Thunder had seemingly broken the game open when they scored three runs in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead on the strength of a bases clearing three run double by Mitch Jones. Jones double scored Weber, Cannizaro, and Bronson Sardinha. Weber and Cannizaro reached on back to back two out singles before Sardinha walked to load the bases and bring Jones to the plate.
The Thunder would need all of those insurance runs as the game played out. After Pope allowed a solo home run to left center off the bat of Kevin West and back to back singles to Garrett Jones and Bryan Kennedy, he was lifted in favor of Dave Elder. Elder got out of the jam in the seventh, but failed to retire a batter before he was lifted in the eighth. Elder allowed back to back singles to Seth Davidson and Luis Maza before an errant throw by Aaron Rifkin allowed Davidson to score and put runners at second and third. Ryan Owens followed with a two run double to left scored Maza and Matt Scanlon to make it a 6-4 game. Tim Adkins was then brought in from the Thunder bullpen and after getting Garrett Jones to fly out to left, he allowed a single to left center that scored Owens and made a 6-5 game before David Shepard finally stopped the bleeding.