(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – Steve Garrison’s six dominant innings of one-run ball on Friday night gave the Trenton Thunder (50-42) a 3-1 win victory over the Reading Phillies (47-45) in front of 7,549 fans at Waterfront Park. The Thunder scored all of their runs in the seventh inning with Melky Mesa’s two-run single proving to be the decisive blow to the R-Phils. After losing their final nine games of the first half of the season, Trenton has started the second half with two straight wins, both over Reading in games one and two in this four-game series.
Reading starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd dominated in his first five innings, but the Thunder finally got to the righty in the sixth inning. With one out and the bases jam-packed with Thunder base runners, Rob Lyerly lined an opposite field single into left field to tie the score at one apiece. A batter later, Melky Mesa roped a single up the middle to plate two runners and hand the Thunder a 3-1 advantage.
Steve Garrison put together his most dominant outing of 2011 for the Thunder on Friday night. In a season-high six innings, the lefty from Ewing, NJ allowed just one run on four hits. Garrison’s six punch-outs also stand as a season-high. Since returning to the Thunder from the Disabled List in late June, Garrison is 3-2 with a 4.94 earned run average.
On Saturday night, the Thunder will welcome Brad Lidge and Shane Victorino, both on rehab assignments from the Philadelphia Phillies, to Waterfront Park in game three of the four-game set with the Reading Phillies. Getting the pearl for the Thunder is RHP Craig Heyer (7-4, 3.38), while the R-Phils will counter with RHP Joe Esposito (2-1, 4.50). The SBLI Pre-Game show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst begins at 6:45 PM. Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR and trentonthunder.com.
Fireworks presented by the Mercer County Improvement Authority will follow Saturday’s contest. For ticket information, call the Thunder Ticket Office at 609-394-3300 or log on to trentonthunder.com.