Same Old Story In New Britain

(PR) (New Britain, CT) – Trenton Thunder (67-73) pitchers allowed a season-high 19 hits and the New Britain Rock Cats (72-69) picked-up an important 12-9 victory on Sunday to stay alive in the Eastern Division play race. Damon Sublett drove in three runs and Corban Joseph smacked his fifth homerun of the season, but the Thunder could not overcome a six-run sixth inning by the Rock Cats. New Britain now stands just one-half game behind the Reading Phillies, who are in action Sunday night in Binghamton, in the Eastern Division.

 

For the third time in four games in the series, the Thunder scored three times in the top of the first inning. On Sunday afternoon, the Thunder accomplished the feat all with two outs. With runners at first and second, Melky Mesa knocked a bloop single into centerfield to put the Thunder on the scoreboard first. Damon Sublett then roped a double down the line in right field to clear the bases, and the Thunder led 3-0 after the end of the top of the first.

 

The Rock Cats rallied to score five unanswered runs to take a 5-3 lead, but the Thunder answered back with two runs in the top of the sixth inning using a few familiar faces. Melky Mesa drove in his second run of the afternoon with an RBI-infield single, and Damon Sublett laced an RBI-single to right field to tie the score 5-5.

 

However, the Rock Cats broke the 5-5 tie with six runs off of Thunder reliever Pat Venditte in the bottom of the sixth inning. New Britain knocked seven hits in the frame that saw 11 hitters come to the plate against the switch-pitcher. The six-run frame proved to be too much for the Thunder to overcome in the end as the Rock Cats held on for a much-needed win to stay alive in the Eastern League Eastern Division’s playoff race.

 

The Thunder will bring their memorable 2011 season to an end on Labor Day with a 1:35 PM contest with the Rock Cats from New Britain Stadium. Trenton will send LHP Steve Garrison (4-8, 6.55) to the mound, while the Rock Cats will give the pearl to LHP Spencer Steedley (4-5, 4.78). All of the action can be heard on 91.3 WTSR-FM, WBCB 1490-AM and online at trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 1:20 PM on Sunday afternoon.      

3 Responses to “Same Old Story In New Britain”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    now that this miserable season is over i would like to take this time to make a special applaud to josh romanski who was up in trenton for several months he was by far trentons best pitcher going the first 11 innings without giving up a run and then only 4 er in 17 ip. He was sent down back down because of politics and contract issues i very much enjoyed watching him pitch this year his family should be very proud of him and how fast he has excelled thru the yankee system hope the yanks

  2. Anonymous Says:

    sign him because he is a free agent what a great young man and did everything they asked him to do starter reliever back to starter and ended up with a 2.97 era in 106.00 innings pitched congrats Josh

  3. Whiteycat Says:

    How many more games might we have won had it not been for Pirela’s 39 errors? Possibly we would be in first place. I’d love to see that statistic. Mr. P might even hit 40 errors this afternoon!

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