(PR) TRENTON, NJ – Making his first start since May 16, 2010, Thunder lefty Jeremy Bleich anchored the first few innings of Saturday night’s 6-2 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
In front of 5,859 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park, Trenton led 6-0 in the 8th inning before New Hampshire got on the board with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings. Bleich was pressed into starting duties less than an hour before first pitch due to pending weather concerns with storms circling the Trenton area. The park never experienced more than a few moments of moderate rain, and the game was played, un-delayed, in 2-hours 36-minutes.
Bleich allowed two hits but no runs in his three innings of work before giving way to original-scheduled starting pitcher Matt Tracy. Tracy, who made his first career Double-A relief appearance, retired the first 12 batters he faced in the 4th – 7th inning before allowing lead-off home run in the 8th to New Hampshire shortstop Kevin Nolan. Tracy finished the night with 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K and his fourth win of the season—his record now stands at 4-2.
In a game that was followed by post-game fireworks at the stadium, the big offensive firework in the game for Trenton came in the 7th inning. Designated Hitter Kyle Roller dug-in and crushed a ball to right-center field that cleared the 32-feet of wall and billboards for a home run deep into the Trenton night.
The Thunder and New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their four-game series Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The game features RHP Jose Ramirez (0-0, 0.69) making his first start of the season for Trenton against LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 5.40) for the Fisher Cats. Limited tickets are available through the Thunder box office at (609) 394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com/tickets. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 12:45 p.m.