Top 10 Games of the Year - No. 4
No. 4 - Andy Pettitte takes the ball in the ELDS
RECAP: Entering the Eastern League Division Series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, against whom they were 6-17 during the year, the Thunder needed a big boost. In Andy Pettitte, the 15-year major league veteran and Yankees legend, that's exactly what they got.
The lefty was assigned to Trenton for the first of what would become two starts to rehab a strained left groin (the second start was also with the Thunder), creating much fanfare and controversy in the Central Jersey area.
More than anything, however, it brought the fans to the yard. Eight thousand and seventy-two people came through the turnstiles, one of the largest crowds in the team's history.
Pettitte went four shutout innings with two hits and four punchouts before handing the ball to Adam Warren for the next six frames.
Scoreless through 11 tense innings, the Thunder got a walk-off bomb from designated hitter Rene Rivera to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
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“I talked to Austin (Romine) before the game and he said they played these guys a ton. So he had a great idea of what these guys like and what they don’t like and what balls they can handle and what balls they can’t handle.” -- Andy Pettitte
AFTERWARD: After Pettitte helped give them a 2-0 lead, the Thunder finished off the Fisher Cats at Merchantsauto.com Stadium. They allowed one run all series to New Hampshire's vaunted lineup, which was quite the feat. Pettitte pitched one more time for the Thunder, against the Altoona Curve in the opening game of the Eastern League Championship Series.