(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 bring the 2011 season to a close with the final game of a five-game series in New Britain, Connecticut on Labor Day. A Trenton win will eliminate the Rock Cats from the 2011 Eastern League Playoffs. New Britain needs to win and have Reading lose in Binghamton to force a one-game playoff on Tuesday at New Britain Stadium.
LHP Steve Garrison starts for the 15th time this season for the Thunder coming off a win in his last outing. The lefty from Ewing, NJ hurled 5.2 innings of two-run, three-hit baseball to lead Trenton to the win over New Hampshire.
LHP Spencer Steedley will get the ball for Rock Cats on Monday and will start for the seventh time this season. The lefty picked-up a win over the Thunder on August 25, hurling five strong innings in the win in Trenton.
(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.
After Saturday’s doubleheader split in New Britain, the Thunder turn their attention to the season’s final two games on Sunday and Monday afternoons at New Britain Stadium. The Rock Cats enter play on Sunday one game back of the Reading Phillies for the Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot.
RHP Graham Stoneburner will start for the eleventh time this season on Sunday afternoon for the Thunder, hoping to bring an end to a career high losing streak of four games. Last time out, the righty from Richmond, VA allowed three runs on five hits in six innings in a loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Stoneburner has started once against the Rock Cats before Sunday. On August 25, he allowed a career high nine runs (four earned) in a loss.
RHP Bobby Lanigan gets the ball for the 27th time this season in the starter’s role for the Rock Cats. The Staten Island-native last worked on Tuesday in Richmond. In the outing, the righty allowed just one run on five hits in a Rock Cats win. Lanigan started opposite Phil Hughes on June 24 and allowed one run on five hits in eight innings in a no decision.
(New Britain, CT) – Melky Mesa hit a homerun in each game and the Trenton Thunder (67-72) split a doubleheader with the New Britain Rock Cats (71-69) on Saturday evening at New Britain Stadium. The teams traded one-run victories as the Rock Cats won game one 10-9, and the Thunder, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night, took game two 6-5. The game two loss drops New Britain to one game back of the Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot with two games to go.
Despite winning 4-1 last night over the Rock Cats in game one of the five-game set, the Thunder were eliminated from playoff contention in the Eastern League. With four games remaining, the Trenton now has a chance to play the spoiler role against the Rock Cats, who enter action on Saturday evening one half game back of the Reading Phillies for the Eastern Division Wild Card spot.
RHP Craig Heyer will make his 24th start of the season for the Thunder in game one. The righty from Scottsdale, AZ is coming off of two rough outings against New Hampshire in which he has allowed 15 runs in just nine innings, both losses. Heyer allowed a career-high eight runs on Monday night in Trenton in a loss to the Fisher Cats.
LHP Logan Darnell makes his fifth career AA start in game one for the Rock Cats on Saturday. The Nashville, TN-native lost his last time out, hurling 5.2 innings and giving up six runs on Monday in Richmond. The lefty is the first member of the 2010 Twins’ draft class to reach the Rock Cats.
RHP Cory Arbiso gets the nod in game two for the Thunder, coming his best start of the season for the team. Twelve days ago in New Hampshire, the righty from La Mirada, CA hurled six frames of two-run ball to lead Trenton to the win. The win was Arbiso’s first in a starting role this season and moved his starting record to 1-2, 6.32 ERA.
New Britain has not named a starter for game two.
(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 Gill 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.