Thunder Drop First Game; Playoff Hopes, Second Game Washed Away

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – In game one of a scheduled doubleheader, the New Britain Rock Cats (68-65) used another late charge to win over the Trenton Thunder (64-68) on Saturday afternoon. 

The second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain and the threat of severe weather.    The seven-inning win for the Rock Cats gives the team a rain-shortened sweep over the Thunder, who drop to the season’s low water mark at four games below .500.Fans with tickets to either the Saturday night (7:05pm) game or the Sunday evening (5:05pm) game may exchange them for tickets of equal or lesser value to another 2011 Thunder regular season home game, or any game in April or May 2012, subject to availability.  Ticket stubs may be presented in person at the Thunder Ticket Office at Waterfront Park. 

 Fans wishing to exchange for a 2012 ticket must do so starting in February 2012. 

The doubleheader was announced on Friday as an attempt to play the games prior to the arrival of  Hurricane Irene.  The games scheduled for Saturday (8/27) at 7:05 pm and Sunday (8/28) at 5:05 pm were rescheduled to be part of the today’s doubleheader.   There is now no game scheduled for Saturday, August 27 at 7:05pm or Sunday, August 28 at 5:05pm.

No make-up date has been set for today’s second game but it will likely to be played when the Thunder visit New Britain September 2-5.  More details will be announced at a later date.

All of the offense for the Thunder on Saturday afternoon came in the fourth inning to erase a 4-0 Rock Cat deficit.  After Corban Joseph doubled to lead off the frame, Austin Romine homered over the wall in right-centerfield to cut the New Britain lead in half, 4-2.  The Thunder eventually tied the score 4-4 later in the inning on an RBI-triple by Damon Sublett and a sacrifice fly for Jose Pirela.  However, the Rock Cats used another clutch, late-inning charge to win, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh.     

The Thunder will conclude the regular season with a four game series against the New Hampshire Fisher

Cats starting on Monday, August 29.  Monday’s forecast calls for sunny skies, a high of 79 degrees and 0% chance of rain.  Tickets are available by calling 609-394-3300 or online at trentonthunder.com.

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