Game 133: New Britain @ Trenton

Game 133 – New Britain Rock Cats @ Trenton Thunder
August 30, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NB Deolis Guerra vs. TRE Ryan Pope

Starting Lineups:


Brandon Roberts, CF
Rene Tosoni, RF
Luke Hughes, 3B
Erik Lis, DH
Brian Dinkelman, 2B
Steve Singleton, SS
Juan Portes, LF
Whit Robbins, 1B
Danny Lehmann, C


Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
Richie Robnett, DH
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Kyle Anson, C
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
James Cooper, LF 

Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.

Live Box Score: The direct link is here.

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): Thunder are trailing, 2-0, heading into B2.  Looks like Pope got his somewhat typical bad frame out of the way in the first.

Pope at around 75 pitches through four…2-0, B4.

Oh noes!  Austin Krum with a triple down the right field line that scores James Cooper and cuts New Britain’s lead to one.  2-1, two outs, B5.

Ryan Pope gets on the Popemobile and leaves to a polite round of applause after another decent outing marred by one rough inning.  100p/66s for Pope.  Wilkins “Arias 51” in the game now, and yes…that is my second likely to be failed attempt at getting that nickname to stick.  2-1, T6.

Aaaaaaaaand Steve Singleton with the significant dent in the Thunder’s playoff hopes.  Arias loaded the bases with a walk, and then gave up a bases clearing single to Singleton…the second run scored when the runner knocked the ball away from catcher Kyle Anson, and the third scored as the ball and perhaps the season was rolling away…it’s now 5-1, T6.  Don’t really think anyone has too much confidence in Arias right now.

Oh noes again!  Austin Krum with a two-out, two-run shot down the right field line in the bottom of the 7th to make it a 5-3 game.

In-Game Photos:


Kyle Anson


Deolis Guerra






Eduardo Nunez


Humberto Sanchez






Justin Snyder

In-Game YouTube Videos: Check out my YouTube account for videos updated throughout the game…

Final Score: 5-3, Rock Cats.

Thunder Thoughts:


9 Responses to “Game 133: New Britain @ Trenton”

  1. tony Says:

    Looks like the Rock Cats have extra incentive to win this game. The Rock Cats coach Stu Cliburn invited a local fan he got to know to be bat boy today. After the first game, the Thunder escorted the kid out of the visitors locker room. All the Rock Cats players wanted to know why he was leaving before the next game because he did a great job the first game. This Thunder management continues to amaze me as to why they keep irritating an enraging their fans. They will be lucky to reach 200000 fans next year.

    • Johnny Law Says:

      Tony, you obviously don’t have a clue about liability law. If the kid got injured in any way shape or form while in the dugout or on the field, he could have sued the Thunder. Did Stu Cliburn have the kid fill out an application, did he get the boy’s parent’s permission, did the parents sign a waiver, or did this kid just befriend the coach who let him be the batboy, in another team’s park…without the Thunder management being made aware of the situation? There’s a reason why they issue credentials to people who go on the field, both in Major League and in Minor League Parks. People just can’t come out of the stands to be in the dugout. So as a season ticketholder I don’t think the Thunder management was looking to irritate and enrage their fans, I think they were doing the responsible thing…since obviously Stu Cliburn did not.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    That’s not the entire story, but it’s honestly not really worth the explanation…

  3. J.J. Says:

    I do not know anything about the above incident. BUT i do know that there are going to be a lot of season ticket holders giving up there tickets next year. It is a shame how LOYAL fans have been treated by UPPER management!!

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  5. Sean Serritella Says:

    Awesome pictures.

  6. Chris Says:

    I wasn’t there today but I really hate this seven inning garbage. I wonder if the Thunder had two more innings maybe they could have come back. Of course, New Britain could have easily scored a bunch more.

    Is it an Eastern League rule that when there is a double-header both games are seven? Can you also expand on suspending games? It seems to me that no matter what the situation is when it starts to rain the game gets “continued” (for lack of a better term) to the next day. I know there are certain situations where games can be suspended due to weather but when a game is considered official it should be over right? Just wondering. Thanks.

  7. thunderbaseball Says:

    I believe it is an MiLB rule that both games are 7. I believe that when a game is considered official (as long as one team is ahead) it is considered over if weather takes affect.

    In this specific scenario, the game was two strikes away from being official…games still must go 5 (or 4 1/2) innings in a 7 inning game.

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