(PR) (New Britain, CT) – Austin Krum knocked a two-run triple in the top of the eleventh inning to give the Trenton Thunder (68-73) a 5-3 win over the New Britain Rock Cats (72-70) in the finale of the 2011 regular season. In the finale of the five-game, season-ending set, Steve Garrison also hurled seven strong innings without allowing an earned run. Behind Garrison on Monday, the Thunder also completed a rare 5-4-3 triple play.
The Thunder scored a run in the top of the first inning for the fourth time in five games in the series, plating one run in Monday’s first frame. With two outs and a runner at second base, Zoilo Almonte lined a single into right field to give the Thunder an early lead. Trenton added one more run on another two-out single by Corban Joseph in the top of the second inning.
After Trenton scored a big insurance run in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI-double by Jose Gil, the Rock Cats score a pair of runs to tie the score 3-3. But, after two scoreless frames between the two teams, Austin Krum’s clutch triple in the top of the eleventh gave the Thunder a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Krum came to the plate with no outs and runners at first and second base and roped a triple down the right field line.
Wilkins Arias came on for the save in the bottom of the eleventh inning, and the Thunder won the 2011 finale 5-3 over the Rock Cats. New Britain, who was eliminated from playoff contention earlier due to a Reading Phillies’ win, needed a Reading loss and a win over Trenton on Labor Day to force a one-game playoff for the Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot on Monday.
The Thunder will not be in action again until early April in 2012 when the team kicks off the season with a six-game homestand against New Hampshire and Portland. Stay tuned to trentonthunder.com for all of the exciting offseason opportunities that the Trenton Thunder will be a part of at or away from Waterfront Park. From everyone at the Trenton Thunder, a big thank you goes out to all of our loyal fans that support us each and every baseball season!