(PR) (Manchester, NH) – Walter Ibarra’s RBI double in the 11th inning capped a comeback from 3-0 behind and propelled the Trenton Thunder past the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 4-3, in Manchester Saturday afternoon. Ibarra drove in a pair to lead the offense, while five Thunder pitchers held the Fisher Cats scoreless for the final nine innings of the game.
Yadil Mujica walked to start the top of the 11th against reliever Matt Daly (1-2) and advanced to second on Abraham Almonte’s sacrifice bunt. Ibarra then blooped his game-winning double just inside the left-field foul line to score Mujica. Ryan Flannery worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning, inducing a game-ending double play grounder from Brad Glenn for his second save of the season.
New Hampshire led 3-0 after getting second-inning home runs from Mark Sobolewski (solo) and Koby Clemens (two-run) against Trenton starter Cory Arbiso. Arbiso then settled down and pitched scoreless frames in the third, fourth and fifth.
Ibarra got the Thunder on the board in the fifth with a two-out triple against Fisher Cats’ starter Casey Lawrence. In the sixth Kevin Mahoney’s RBI fielder’s choice cut the deficit to 3-2.
Trenton tied the game in the seventh against reliever Fernando Hernandez, a former Thunder hurler, as Mujica walked, moved to third on an Almonte single and scored on a wild pitch.
Preston Claiborne threw 2.1 scoreless innings to keep the game tied, and Kelvin Perez (1-0) retired all seven hitters he faced to earn his first victory of the season. Melky Mesa went 2-for-2 with three walks, while Mujica reached four times on two walks and two hits.
The finale of the three-game series will be Sunday afternoon with first pitch slated for 1:35 pm. Trenton right-hander Brett Marshall (3-1) is expected to pitch for Trenton against Fisher Cats righty Chad Jenkins (2-2). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and streaming online begins at 1:20 pm.