Manchester, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats began this short 3 game home stand with a thrilling come from behind 4-3 walk-off victory against the Eastern League's Northern Division leading Trenton Thunder. Fisher Cats third baseman Rob Cosby's 2 out game winning single in the bottom of the ninth plated left fielder Ryan Klosterman and sealed the victory for the Fisher Cats who improved to 26-21 on the season. Starter Kurt Isenberg scattered 5 hits over 7-1/3 giving up all 3 Trenton runs. Reliever Tracy Thorpe picked up the win tossing 1-2/3 innings of no-hit relief setting the stage for Cosby's heroics.
InsideTheDome.com sat down with Fisher Cats manager Bill Masse after the game to discuss last night's victory over the Thunder as well as the status of outfielder Aaron Mathews and injured starter Ricky Romero.
InsideTheDome: Great win tonight. After a missed opportunity in the 7th, Cosby really redeemed himself there in the 9th.
Bill Masse: It was great to see him do that. Especially after having the bases loaded there in the seventh and striking out. They challenged him again walking Peralta in front of him and he came through.
InsideTheDome: Talk about that seventh inning. Your hitters showed a lot of patience drawing all those walks to get back in the game.
Bill Masse: The stats showed he was a little wild. He just couldn't find the strike zone there. Base loaded, you've got to throw strikes there. We were patient, he was out of the zone a little bit. We took a couple of close ones on him and he got a little wild. It was another good comeback win. We never quit. That's one of things we've done all year.
InsideTheDome: Talk about Kurt Isenberg's effort tonight. He struggled a bit early one but really settled down to keep you in the game.
Bill Masse: Great effort…after the third inning, I don't think they had a hit. They had their 5 hits. He did a nice job. He really pitched "in" a lot tonight. He pitched in to the righthanders. That's one of the things about this park having such a large left field. You can pitch in and not be afraid of getting hurt. He did a great job.
InsideTheDome: : Tracy Thorpe pitched well tonight. He seemed to have his velocity tonight. He was throwing real hard.
Bill Masse: He threw real well. He's been throwing great too. Jean Machi and Thorpe have been solid. The roles they've been in, 7th inning, 8th inning, 9th innings, they've been coming in throwing strikes. That's what you need to do late in the game, you need to throw strikes. Tonight's game can attest to that. What gets you in trouble is walks. You can have the greatest arm in the world but you've still got to get it over the plate. Thorpe's been doing a great job.
InsideTheDome: On the injury side, Aaron Mathews has been out of the lineup for a few days with a rib injury. Can you comment on his status?
Bill Masse: He had an x-ray today on his right rib cage. High rib cage. There's no fracture, that's the good thing. If there is a fracture, it's just a hair-line.
InsideTheDome: Do you expect him to return during this homestand?
Bill Masse: No, probably not on this next roadtrip either. He'll be out a couple of weeks at least. To be honest, I shouldn't say a couple of weeks, it could be a week, could be a month, could be a couple of days. It's one of those injuries.
InsideTheDome: It's in a tough spot. Tough to throw, hit, turn…
Bill Masse: Yes, he can't throw at all. We can probably DH him, we did that in a couple of games but then you get into problems. He could slide wrong…he's such an aggressive kid. He likes to slide head first. I'm not going to take that risk. It's really unfortunate because he's been playing so well. He's really been my most consistent hitter. We obviously miss him in our lineup.
InsideTheDome: Anything new with Ricky Romero?
Bill Masse: Well, he's throwing. He's up to about 120' now. He threw today. The next step is to be able to throw a bullpen. That'll probably come by this weekend. He probably still a month away. He'll probably get a couple of rehab starts in extended spring training and we'll see how that goes. It's going slow but he's still probably a month away.
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