Saturday, May 31, 2008

New Britain Edges Thunder in pitcher's duel

Jay Rainville

Trenton 1 at New Britain 2

W: J. Rainville (5-5, 6.02); L: A. Aceves (1-1, 0.78); SV: B. Julianel (10)
HR: None.

Lots of pinstripes this weekend as the Fort Myers Miracle take on the Tampa Yankees, the Rochester Red Wings take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and of course the New Britain Rock Cats are hosting the Yankees AA farm team, the Trenton Thunder.

Jay Rainville has been excellent over his past couple of starts and he continued to carry that performance against the Eastern League's Northern Division leader. Not that the Thunder were lax in the pitching area, having Alfredo Aceves, who was recently named to the FSL All-star team, on the mound.

Edwar Gonzalez singled off Rainville to start out the top of the 2nd inning. Cody Ehlers would be taken out on strikes before Jose Tabata ground into a force out. Kevin Russo's single would move Tabata to 2nd, and Joseph Muich would hit a fly ball to left to plate him. Reegie Corona would draw a walk before Ramiro Pena flew out to end the inning.

Rainville would work 6.1 innings, allowing only 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Zach Ward came in for 1.2 innings of relief, giving up only 2 hits to the Yankees farm. Ben Julianel worked the last inning for this 10th save of the season.

The Cats would manage 10 hits in total, but the only two runs came in the bottom of the 4th. With one out on the board, Brock Peterson doubled out to left. Steve Tolleson would pop out before David Winfree singled to move Peterson to 3rd. Dustin Martin then tripled to drive in the pair. Martin would be left stranded however, when Toby Gardenhire struck out.

Peterson and Winfree were both 3-for-4 in the contest with a run. Erik Lis, Tolleson, Martin and Gardenhire had the other four hits for New Britain.

The two teams rematch tomorrow at 6:35 PM. It's Yohan Pino's (1-2, 3.25) start, but as he seems to still be on the D.L., the Cats will likely go with lefty Errol Simonitsch (0-2, 10.67). Trenton will counter with southpaw Phil Coke (4-1, 3.38).

Rock Cats
NB Herald

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