PP Game Notes: Rock Cats 8, Thunder 7

The Trenton Thunder lost to the New Britain Rock Cats by a final of 8-7 in front of 5,352 at Waterfront Park. Carlos Reyes, now 1-6 on the year, allowed six runs in his three and two-thirds innings of work. Rik Currier came on behind Reyes and allowed another run to give the Rock Cats a 7-0 lead before the Thunder showed any kind of offensive life.

The Thunder cut the Rock Cats lead to 7-2 in the sixth. Mitch Jones started the Trenton rally with a one out double to left, followed by a single to left off the bat of Aaron Rifkin to put runners at second and third with one out. After Jason Grove struck out, Bronson Sardinha doubled to left center to score Jones and Rifkin and give the Thunder their first runs of the game.

After New Britain added one more in the eighth on a double to right center by Ryan Owens that scored James Tomlin and gave New Britain an 8-2 lead, the Thunder comeback began.

"Too little, too late," Thunder manager Stump Merrill said.

The Thunder, down by six going into the final frame, scored five in the ninth to make it 8-7 but that was as close as they would come. The Thunder batted around plus two off New Britain Relievers Jason Miller and Bobby Korecky. To make the comeback even more impressive, all of the runs were scored with two outs. The big blow in the ninth came with the score at 8-3 after Kevin Thompson singled home Jason Grove who walked to lead off the inning. The next batter, Andy Cannizaro, launched a three run homer to left that scored Bronson Sardinha and Thompson ahead of him to make it a 8-6 game. The Thunder scored what would be their final run of the evening on a strike out wild pitch to Jason Grove. With the bases loaded, Grove struck out but the ball caromed away from Bryan Kennedy, allowing Craig Wilson to sprint home from third. Merrill said that he had to give his team credit for continuing to battle all the way to the final out even though they came up just short.

Boof Bonser improved to 11-9 on the year with another impressive outing against the Thunder. Bonser put up an impressive outing against the Thunder the last time he faced them and followed it up by allowing only two runs over his seven innings of work to get the win. Bobby Korecky came in for the Rock Cats after the Cannizaro home run to notch his twenty fifth save of the season.

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