(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – Ryan Goins’ perfectly-placed bunt single drove in the game-winning run in the tenth inning to spoil an exciting comeback by the Trenton Thunder and give the New Hampshire Fisher Cats a 7-6 win Saturday night in front of 6,280 fans at Waterfront Park. The Fisher Cats have won the first two in the series, each in ten innings.
Back-to-back home runs by Gustavo Molina and Kevin Mahoney in the ninth inning brought Trenton back from a 6-4 deficit to send the game into extra innings. In the tenth Lee Hyde (1-1) walked the leadoff batter Koby Clemens, who was then pinch-run for by Brad McElroy. Justin Jackson sacrificed McElroy to second, but Hyde then struck out Jonathan Diaz for the second out.
With Goins batting, McElroy stole third base. The very next pitch was bunted down the third base line, and third-baseman Mahoney charged and threw to first but Goins beats the throw to drive in the winning run.
Ronald Uviedo (2-1) worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the tenth to finish the victory for the Fisher Cats, their sixth in eight games against Trenton this season.
It appeared New Hampshire had taken a throttle-hold on the game in the seventh when Mark Sobolewski hit a grand slam home run to snap a 2-2 tie. Sobolewski hit the first pitch he saw from Preston Claiborne just inside the foul pole in left, scoring Diaz (who had walked), Goins (who singled) and Mike McDade (who was intentionally walked to load the bases for Sobolewski).
The Thunder then scored a pair in the eighth against Fernando Hernandez on Cody Johnson’s RBI single and Melky Mesa’s RBI fielder’s choice. Hernandez then allowed Molina’s homer to start the ninth, his second of the season. Uviedo then came in to face Mahoney, who drilled his second long ball of the year to tie the score.
Deck McGuire started and worked six innings for New Hampshire, allowing two runs on four hits. He had allowed five home runs in a loss at Waterfront Park back in April.
Trenton fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 early in the game but each time railed to tie the score. In the third inning Abraham Almonte singled, moved to third on Corban Joseph’s base hit then scored on Dan Brewer’s double play groundout. Luke Murton tripled in the fourth and then scored on a Gustavo Molina grounder.
Goins went 3-for-6 including the game-winning RBI, while Sobolewski had two hits including the grand slam, scored two runs and drove in four. McDade also homered for the Fisher Cats. Joseph reached three times in his first game of the season, going 1-for-2 with two walks.
New Hampshire will go for the series sweep Sunday at 1:05 pm. Cory Arbiso (0-0, 2.55) is slated to pitch for the Thunder and be opposed by Fisher Cats’ righty Yohan Pino (2-0, 2.57). Limited tickets are available by contacting the Thunder box office at 609-394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com.