PP Game Notes: Thunder Lose Both Ends Of Twin Bill

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Trenton Thunder 10-3 in Game One of an Education Day doubleheader at Waterfront Park . Kevin Frederick (1-0) got the win for New Hampshire and Sean Henn (1-1) took the loss for Trenton. Henn looked shaky in the early innings, then settled down in the middle innings, before starting to tire in the seventh.

New Hampshire jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second and never looked back. Matt Logan started the New Hampshire rally in the top of the second with a single to left. Jose Umbria was hit by a pitch and Justin Singleton followed with a triple to right center that scored Logan and Umbria. Tyrell Godwin followed with a sacrifice fly to left center that scored Singleton and put the Fisher Cats up 3-0.

The Thunder got on the board in the sixth on the charity of some shoddy New Hampshire defense. Ferdin Tejeda led off the inning with a walk. Kevin Reese followed with a grounder to second where second baseman Dominic Rich tried to tag the lead runner to turn a double play. Rich missed Tejeda with the tag and failed to record any outs. Ozias was taken out in favor of Kevin Frederick who came in to face Jake Weber. Weber topped a pitch right back to Frederick who threw wildly to second trying to turn a double play and New Hampshire again failed to record an out. Tejeda scored when Robinson Cano grounded out to first, cutting the New Hampshire lead to 3-1. Aaron Rifkin, the next batter singled to right scoring Reese and Weber to tie the game at 3.

New Hampshire came right back in the top of the seventh with a seven spot to take a 10-3 lead. After getting their first two men on base against Henn, he was lifted in favor of Francisco Villegas. Henn looked shaky in the six plus innings he pitched, giving up eight hits and being charged with five of the Fisher Cats 8 runs. Villegas failed to provide much relief for Thunder manager Stump Merrill, as he was responsible for five of the Fisher Cats runs in the seventh inning. Villegas gave up a single to Tyrell Godwin to load the bases with nobody out in the seventh. After retiring the next two batters on a strike out and a pop out, he simply imploded, allowing a double and three singles to the next four batters before Merrill lifted him in favor of John Blankenship. The carnage continued when the first batter Blankenship faced, Stubby Clapp, doubled to left center allowing two more Fisher Cat runs to score before Blankenship retired Justin Singleton to end the inning. The Thunder bullpen has an ERA of 11.05 in its last 291/3 innings pitched.


The Fisher Cats defeated the Thunder by a score of 2-1 in front of a few hundred of the announced crowd of 5,576 that remained for Game 2 on a warm, humid afternoon in Trenton.

Ryan Houston (1-0) got the win for New Hampshire giving up only the one Thunder run over five innings. Rik Currier (1-2) took the loss, giving up two runs in five innings, while striking out seven. Adam Peterson recorded his seventh save by pitching a scoreless ninth.

The story for New Hampshire was the long ball. Solo home runs by Justin Singleton and Aaron Hill in the third and fourth, respectively, accounted for the only two Fisher Cats runs.

The Thunder struck for one run in the bottom of the third. Kevin Reese led off the Thunder third with a double to the left field corner. Cano and Navarro followed with back to back walks before Jackson Melian hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Reese. A grounder to first and fly out to right ended the Thunder threat with the Thunder scoring only the one run and managing to tie the game at 1 before New Hampshire took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Trenton was a combined 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position in today's doubleheader. According to Stump Merrill, "We just didn't hit. You give up two runs and you expect to win."

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