(PR) (Manchester, NH) – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (71-59) scored seven times in the first four frames of Wednesday night’s contest with the Trenton Thunder (64-65) on their way to a 16-3 victory at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The win clinches the series for New Hampshire, who drop the Thunder to 6.5 games back of first place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. The series win for the Fisher Cats marks the eighth straight time the Thunder have failed to win a series, a stretch that dates back to late July.
Chase Whitley filled-in for the injured Steve Garrison and made his first professional start on Wednesday but was only able to last two innings. Fisher Cat hitters Travis d’Arnaud and Danny Perales put their team in the lead early with back-to-back homeruns to lead off the bottom of the second inning. New Hampshire followed that up by scoring four more times in the bottom of the third inning. Yan Gomes had a two-run double and Moises Sierra knocked a two-run single in the big inning. In all, Whitley was only able to last two innings, allowing six runs, three earned runs and three hits as he could not get out of the second inning.
The early lead gained by New Hampshire was more than plenty as the Thunder had another quiet night at the plate. The only Trenton runs came across in the top of eighth inning. Rob Lyerly singled home Corban Joseph to give Trenton their first run of the night. The next batter, Melky Mesa, lined a doubled into the right-centerfield gap to score two runs. The three-run effort by the Thunder offense on Wednesday night was nowhere near enough as the Fisher Cats outscored the Thunder by 13 runs.
With the series with New Hampshire behind them, the Thunder head home to take on the New Britain Rock Cats to kick-off the season’s final homestand at Waterfront Park. Trenton will give the start to RHP Graham Stoneburner (1-3, 3.43), while New Britain will counter with LHP Spencer Steedley (3-4, 4.84). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM, WBCB 1490-AM and online at trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst will begin at 6:45 PM.
Thursday night is an All-You-Can-Eat Night at Waterfront Park where fans can enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers while enjoying the game between the Thunder and the Rock Cats. It’s also Football Kickoff Night, a Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser and WPST. After the game, fans can enjoy Fireworks presented by the Burlington County Times.