(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (72-63) used their second eight-run inning against the Trenton Thunder (64-69) in the last six days on their way to a 10-4 win on Monday night at Waterfront Park. In game one of the season’s final home series, a four-game set, the Thunder drop their sixth straight game and fall to the season’s low-water mark of five games below .500. Austin Romine had three hits and Jose Pirela hit his eighth homerun of the season on an otherwise quiet night for the Thunder offense.
The story on Monday night was New Hampshire’s eight-run fourth inning against Thunder pitchers Craig Heyer and Cory Arbiso. Entering the inning, the Thunder and Fisher Cats were tied at 1-1, but the score stood at 9-1 when all was said and done. The key play in the inning was a grand slam for Travis d’Arnaud, who was recently named the 2011 Eastern League Most Valuable Player. Heyer, who was unable to finish the inning and finished his night allowing a career-high eight runs, five earned runs and seven hits. New Hampshire also scored eight times in the bottom of the eighth inning last Wednesday night in the 16-3 victory over Trenton in Manchester, NH.
Melky Mesa contributed to three of the four runs scored by the Thunder on Monday night. In the second, Mesa grounded a ball to third when Rob Lyerly scored on an errant throw at the plate. In the fourth inning, Mesa lined a single to left field to drive home his thirty-eighth run of the season. Then in the sixth, Mesa doubled to lead off the inning and scored later in the frame as Damon Sublett reached on an error at first base. Austin Romine also contributed to the Thunder offense with his eighth three-hit game of the season.
The Thunder and the Fisher Cats will continue their series on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM from Waterfront Park. Trenton will give the pearl to RHP Graham Stoneburner (1-4, 3.80), while New Hampshire will send RHP Drew Hutchison (1-0, 0.00) to the mound. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst begins at 6:45 PM. Fans can tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and online at trentonthunder.com.
The first 1,000 fans (ages 5-15) to Tuesday’s game will receive 2010 Eastern League M.V.P. Brandon Laird Mini Bats courtesy of Macy’s. It’s also the last time in 2011 that fans will be able to take advantage of a Super Value Tuesday and KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Tickets. At Super Value Tuesday’s, fans can enjoy $1 Hot Dogs and kids eat free.