Britain Takes Three out of Four From 1st Place TrentonJune 29, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) New Britain Rock Cats
"It was an exciting game," said Rock Cats manager Jeff Smith. "We scored some runs. Gave up some runs. Little back and forth. Then we had that five-run inning and that kind of put them away right there."
It was the Thunder who struck first when Jose Pirela doubled off Logan Darnell with one out and scored on a single by David Adams in the first inning. In the bottom half of the frame, the Rock Cats answered back. Aaron Hicks led off by dropping a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line for a base hit. Hicks scored on a one out single by Oswaldo Arcia that tied the game, 1-1.
James Beresford put the Rock Cats ahead with an RBI single in the second inning.
Adams came through again for the Thunder with a two-out solo homer over the left field wall in the third inning to tie the game up again.
The `Cats broke out the bats to score five runs in the bottom of the third to regain the lead. Arcia led off by reaching base on a walk and Chris Colabello followed with a line drive single into left. Evan Bigley then drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Nate Hanson then grounded into a force out that allowed Arcia to cross the plate for the 3-2 lead. Estarlin De Los Santos delivered an RBI double and Beresford followed with a two-run double. Beresford later scored on Hick's single to right field to put the `Cats on top, 7-2.
Trenton's Addison Marusak slugged a two-run homer in the fourth to close the gap, 7-4. The Rock Cats answered back yet again in the bottom of the inning. Colabello drilled a triple off the center field wall and Bigley knocked him in with a base hit into left for the four run advantage.
Darnell (7-6) finished with four runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out four. Shairon Martis - making his Rock Cats debut - and Daniel Turpen combined for three shutout innings in relief.
The Rock Cats hammered Trenton's Mikey O'Brien (4-2) for eight runs - six earned - on 11 hits in just four innings.
"We're starting to play better. We're getting after it. We're doing a lot of good work early and it's carrying over into games," said Smith.
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