(PR) Trenton, NJ- New Hampshire scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to finish a come-from-behind 8-6 victory on Sunday over the Thunder at Waterfront Park. Grant Duff suffered the loss with key hits from RF Adam Loewen and 1B Jonathan Jaspe. The two teams are once again tied for first place in the EL Eastern Division.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, Loewen smashed a double to tie the game at 6-6. The next batter, Jaspe, singled in two runs off Duff to take an 8-6 lead. Tim Collins pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning for his sixth save of the year.
In the beginning, New Hampshire took advantage of a labored RHP Lance Pendleton, scoring one run each in the second and third innings. The run in the third came after Manny Mayorson stole third base, and the throw from C Jose Gil sailed down the left field line to score Mayorson.
The Thunder took the lead in the third inning, as they plated four runs off LHP Boomer Potts, highlighted by a three-run double by Gil. A sacrifice fly to right field by Luis Nunez scored Gil to make it 4-2 Thunder at the end of three innings.
The Fisher Cats cut the Trenton lead to 4-3 in the top of the sixth inning off Wilkins Arias, as Jonathan Jaspe hit a single and was later driven in on a double by Jonathan Diaz. New Hampshire tied the game 4-4 in the top of the eighth off Tim Norton. Matt Liuzza drove in Adam Loewen, who led off with a walk, to score the tying run.
Trenton was able to get the lead right back in the bottom of the eighth off Danny Farquhar. After Farquhar walked Gil to lead off the frame, Marcos Vechionacci hit an RBI double to the left-center field gap to score Gil and give the Thunder a 5-4 lead. It was Vechionacci’s third hit on the afternoon. Farquhar walked Austin Romine with the bases loaded to make it 6-4 Trenton.
Trenton next travels to New Britain to start a weekday series with the Rock Cats, starting on Monday at 6:35 PM. RHP DJ Mitchell makes the start for the Thunder. New Britain will start RHP Carlos Gutierrez.