(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – Austin Krum drove in three runs and the rehabbing Ramiro Pena drove in another to lead the Trenton Thunder (65-70) past the first-place New Hampshire Fisher Cats (73-64) 7-2 on Monday night at Waterfront Park. The Thunder offense used a pair of three-run innings to back Steve Garrison, who threw 5.2 strong frames to grab his fourth win of the season. The win in the third game of the four-game set breaks a seven-game losing streak for the Thunder and keeps the team’s faint playoff hope alive in the Eastern League Eastern Division.
In a 1-1 game in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Thunder struck for three runs to take their first lead in six days. With nobody on and two outs, Jose Pirela began the rally with a stand-up triple into the gap in right-center field. After an Addison Maruszak walk, Ramiro Pena singled into centerfield to score Pirela and give the Thunder the lead. A batter later, Austin Krum roped a triple into deep right field to clear the bases and put Trenton in the advantage 4-1.
In need of an insurance run or two in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Thunder brought three more runs home to take a 7-2 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Austin Krum scored Jose Pirela from third to drive in his third run of the game. Corban Joseph then golfed a double down the right field line to score another run. Rob Lyerly capped off the three-run rally with a two-out single up the middle to score Joseph.
Ewing, New Jersey-native Steve Garrison returned from the Disabled List to pitch his hometown team to the win. The lefty allowed just two runs on three hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Garrison then turned the game over to the Trenton bullpen, who retired all ten men that they faced. The win for the Thunder also clinches the season series over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at 11-8 with one game left.
The Thunder will finish their home portion of the 2011 season on Thursday night with the final game of a four-game set with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Trenton will give the pearl to LHP Shaeffer Hall (10-7, 4.26), while the Fisher Cats will counter with the Major League-rehabbing RHP Dustin McGowan (0-2, 3.38). The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst begins at 6:45 PM. Fans can tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM, WCBB 1490-AM and online at trentonthunder.com.
On Fan Appreciation Night during Thursday’s ballgame, fans can enjoy the final Thirsty Thursday of the season presented by Budweiser and WPST. After the game, a fireworks show presented by St. Francis Medical Center will finish off the 2011 home schedule in style. For ticket information, log on to trentonthunder.com or call the Thunder Ticket Office at 609-394-3300.