(PR) (New Britain, CT) – Steve Garrison delivered five, solid innings in his return from the Disabled List as the Trenton Thunder (42-32) beat the New Britain Rock Cats (39-31) 12-5 Saturday night in New Britain, Connecticut. The Thunder used a Rock Cat franchise record 15 walks to tally 12 runs, the most scored by the Thunder so far in 2011, and stop New Britain’s five-game winning streak. In the middle game of the three-game set, Garrison started for the first time since May 3 and notched his first win in a Thunder uniform.
After New Britain pitchers frustrated Thunder hitters in the Rock Cats’ 3-2 victory on Friday, the Thunder jumped ahead early on Saturday night. With two on and two outs, Bradley Suttle doubled into the right field corner to give Trenton a 1-0 lead. Rob Lyerly then doubled home two runs on another liner into the right field corner. Continuing the two-out rally, Jose Pirela made it three doubles in-a-row with his two-bagger to left-centerfield to give Trenton a 4-0 advantage.
In the second inning, the Thunder picked-up where they left off in the first frame. Corban Joseph drove in DeAngelo Mack with one out with his 20th double of the season, and Cody Johnson brought Joseph in with his two-out single down the line in left. The Thunder had jumped out to a 6-0 lead just six outs into the ballgame.
New Britain made the score as close as 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Thunder scored five unanswered runs in the seventh and the eighth innings. DeAngelo Mack hit his third career Double A homerun, a two-run shot in the seventh. In the eighth inning, Damon Sublett drove in a pair with his two-run triple, and Ray Kruml singled home a run to make it 12-4 Trenton.
In his return from a seven-week stint on the Disabled List due to a groin injury, Thunder starting pitcher Steve Garrison hurled five, strong innings to grab his first win in a Thunder uniform. The Ewing, New Jersey, native retired seven-in-a-row to start the ball game and faced the minimum through three frames.
Sunday’s 1:35 PM contest from New Britain Stadium will stand as the rubber match of this three-game set in Connecticut. Trenton will send RHP Dellin Betacnes (3-3, 2.61) to the mound, while New Britain will counter with RHP Deinys Suarez (1-1, 2.12). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 1:20 PM.