Santos, Smith 9th Inning Heroics Key Win

Trenton, NJ –Sergio Santos hit his Eastern League leading 7th home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning, and David Smith threw out potential tying run at home plate to end the Fisher Cats' dramatic 2-1 victory over the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night at Waterfront Park.

Santos (1-for-4, HR, RBI) lifted an offering from Paul Thorp (0-1) over the left field wall to snap a 1-1 tie with one out in the ninth inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Trenton (19-3) hit three singles against Lee Gronkiewicz, but right fielder David Smith threw out Carloz Mendoza trying to score on Gabe Lopez's base hit to right, ending the ball game and the Thunder's 11-game winning streak.

Jesse Carlson (1-0) worked one scoreless inning of relief to record his first win for New Hampshire (13-9). Gronkiewicz registered his fourth save, and first since April 14.

The Fisher Cats' bullpen worked 6.1 scoreless innings after Ricky Romero was pulled from the game with two outs in the bottom of the third inning after experiencing discomfort. Justin James (3.1 IP) and Tracy Thorpe (1 IP) pitched well before giving way to Carlson in the eighth.

Robinzon Diaz (1-for-4) drove in New Hampshire's first run with a single in the third inning against Trenton starter Jason Jones (8 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K) that plated Smith from third base.

Trenton scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning when the Fisher Cats committed two errors, allowing Lopez to score.

The Fisher Cats return to Merchantsauto.com Stadium tomorrow night to open a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox. Left-hander David Purcey (3-1, 2.84) pitches for the Fisher Cats against Bowie left-hander Craig Anderson (2-1, 3.18) at 6:35pm.

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