Throwing out the first pitch of the game for the RAA were Jim Cuviello (RC'69) and Jeff Green (RC'63) .
As the game ensued, the Thunder erupted for four runs in the 7th inning to snap a 1-1 tie and turn a pitcher's duel into a 5-2 victory over the Reading Fighting Phillies. Entering the bottom of the 7th with only four hits through the first six innings, the Thunder offense used a single by Reggie Corona and a hit-by-pitch to Jose Pirela to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Casey Stevenson then ripped a single to Reading outfielder Kelly Dugan. Dugan charged the ball and it got by him for a two-base error which allowed two runs to score and allowed Stevenson to get all the way to third base. That would give Trenton a 3-1 lead, and a pair of runs later made it a comfortable 5-1 lead entering the 8th inning. Francisco Rondon got the win for the Thunder with four shutout innings out of the bullpen, allowing just one walk and one hit.
There was a special RAA announcement on the scoreboard in the early innings of the game that read as follows: "Robert E. Stockton, Rutgers Class of 1951 is an honored WWII veteran and is 88 years old. He is the oldest attending Rutgers Alumnus at today's game. Please give a warm Trenton Thunder and Rutgers welcome to Robert Stockton and his daughter Joyce Watson."
The Trenton Thunder in conjunction with the Rutgers Athletics and the Rutgers University Alumni Association will be sponsoring Rutgers (K)Night featuring a special appearance by new Rutgers men's basketball coach, Eddie Jordan on Sunday, August 4 at 5:05pm. Go to the Trenton Thunder web site at www.TrentonThunder.com/tickets to get a special priced ticket for the "Rutgers Riot Squad", promotion code RUTGERS.
Despite the heat and humidity, this RAA Member Services program was once again a huge success and everyone had a wonderful time.
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