PP Game Notes: Rock Cats 3, Thunder 1

The Trenton Thunder lost their fifth straight game, dropping a 3-1 decision to the New Britain Rock Cats in front of 6,110 fans at Waterfront Park.

The Thunder wasted a fine outing from their prized left handed starter Sean Henn. "He pitched well for us, no question." said manager Stump Merrill. Henn turned in his second consecutive strong outing after a string of several sub par performances in July. Henn thought that a key to his success was his ability to locate and have command of his fastball.

"A big thing tonight was my fastball and being able to put it on both sides of the plate." He added that he "felt real strong" after finishing his seven innings of work in which he didn't allow a runner to reach second base. Henn was third in the Eastern League in innings pitched with 146 and two thirds coming into tonight's start against New Britain.

The Thunder scored their only run of the game in the fourth. It came when Aaron Rifkin cracked his twentieth home run of the year over the manual scoreboard in right field to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. Henn made it stand until his was lifted as the game headed into the eighth inning in favor of Felix Heredia. Heredia joined the Thunder after being designated for assignment earlier in the month. It was pre-determined that Heredia would pitch two innings for the Thunder coming into tonight's game.

Heredia took the loss for the Thunder, falling to 0-1, and looked downright abysmal. He lacked his command and gave up four hits and three runs in his two innings of work for a 13.50 ERA after his first outing with Trenton. After the game Heredia seemed almost casual about his outing, acting as though it was no big deal that he had just been racked by Double-A hitters. Heredia will stay with the team through the rest of their final home stand of the year, which culminates on Sunday against the Binghamton Mets.

Travis Bowyer (5-3) got the win in relief of New Britain starter Jim Abbott who lasted only three and two thirds innings. Bowyer pitched a very impressive four and one third innings before turning it over to closer Bobby Korecky who pitched a perfect ninth for his twentieth sixth save of the year.

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