Thunder Back To .500 With Loss

(PR) (New Britain, CT) – New Britain starter Pat Dean blanked Trenton for 7.2 innings and Eddie Rosario’s two-out bases-loaded single in the seventh provided all the offense as the Rock Cats shut out the Thunder, 2-0, Thursday night at New Britain Stadium in the opening game after the Eastern League All-Star break.

The southpaw Dean (5-8) allowed only six hits (all singles) and had just one walk as the Rock Cats (45-45) tied the Thunder (45-45) for third place in the Eastern Division standings and snapped Trenton’s four-game winning streak.

With the game scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, reliever Fred Lewis (0-4) allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. Lewis then struck out Danny Santana, setting the stage for Rosario’s game-winning at-bat.

Rosario worked the count to 3-1, then lined a pitch the opposite way between shortstop and third base scoring both Dan Rohlfing and Reynaldo Rodgriguez, who just beat left-fielder Ramon Flores’ throw to the plate.

Dakota Watts recorded the final four outs for the Rock Cats to finish a seven-hitter. Trenton left eight men on base in the contest, but only three in scoring position.

Mikey O’Brien started for the Thunder and tossed five scoreless frames, allowing only three hits and no walks. He was pulled after throwing only 72 pitches.

Games two of the series will be played Friday night, with first pitch slated for 7:05pm. Thunder right-hander Sean Black (1-2, 3.43) will pitch against Rock Cats right-hander D.J. Baxendale (2-2, 5.53). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm.

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