Ramirez didn't allow a
base runner after the first inning when Michael Cervenak was thrown out at
the plate to end the inning on Justin Knoedler's double to left. Ramirez was
perfect the rest of the way.
The Navigators only run
of the game came earlier in the first inning. Carlos Valderrama led off the
game with a walk, the only one Ramirez issued, stole second and third and
scored on a single to right off the bat of Doug Clark. According to
manager Stump Merrill, "He pitched very well. He did a great job."
Although Ramirez, who speaks no English, declined to comment to reporters
after his stellar performance, battery mate Omar Fuentes did. Fuentes said,
"He made only one mistake." "He had everything perfect
tonight." The catcher also added that Ramirez threw mainly fastballs
and sliders to the Norwich lineup while adding an occasional changeup to the
mix as well.
The game lasted only
two hours and three minutes, making the third quickest nine inning game the
Thunder have played this year. The two other shortest games were also at
home. The first was a one hour fifty-eight minute game against the
Harrisburg Senators on May 25th and the other was a one hour fifty-six
minute game on July 30th against this same Norwich team.
The Thunder scored four
in the second to cap the offense and that was all they would need on this
night. Mitch Jones started the rally for the Thunder, launching his 33rd
home run of the year over all three levels of billboards in left center
field to tie the game at 1. Back to back singles by Jason Grove and Aaron Rifkin after the homer by Jones put runners at first and second for Jake Weber who doubled to the left field corner, clearing the bases and giving
the Thunder a 3-1 lead. Weber would score on a single by Andy Cannizaro to
give the Thunder their 4-1 final margin.