(PR) (New Britain, CT) – Jeff Marquez hurled eight, brilliant innings of one-hit baseball to lead the Trenton Thunder (66-71) to a 4-1 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats (70-68) on Friday night at New Britain Stadium. In game one of the five-game, season-ending series, Corban Joseph, Melky Mesa and Jose Gil also contributed with first-inning RBI-singles. Despite the win, the Thunder have been officially eliminated from playoff contention in 2011 because of a win by the Reading Phillies.
The Thunder jumped out of the gate early on Friday night against New Britain’s Pat Dean, who was making his Double-A debut for the Twins’ Affiliate. Austin Krum began the game with a double into the gap in left-centerfield and was immediately brought home one batter later on a Corban Joseph single to right field. Later in the inning, Melky Mesa and Jose Gil both knocked RBI-singles with two outs to complete a three-run, top of the first inning for Trenton.
The rest of Friday’s story belongs to Jeff Marquez, who put together a stellar outing in his second start against the Rock Cats in six days. The former Major League righty allowed just one hit, a leadoff homerun to Evan Bigley in the bottom of the fifth inning, in his eight frames, striking out seven. Other than the homerun, the Rock Cats never had a runner reach third base and left just one man on all night. Josh Schmidt came on for the save in a 4-1 game and spun two strikeouts and a groundout to clinch the win for the Thunder.
Eliminated from the playoffs, the Thunder will look to play the spoiler role during Saturday’s doubleheader in New Britain at 5:05 PM. Trenton will give the game one start to RHP Craig Heyer (10-8, 4.10) and send RHP Cory Arbiso (5-5, 4.98) to the mound in game two. New Britain will give the start to LHP Logan Darnell (1-1, 4.85) in game one. The Rock Cats have not named a starter in game two. All of the action can be heard on 91.3 WTSR-FM and online at trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 4:50 PM on Saturday evening.