PP Game Notes: Thunder Lose Two, Again

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats swept a doubleheader with the Trenton Thunder with a 2-1 win in Game 1 and a 3-1 win in Game 2 for the Fisher Cats in front of 4,958 fans at Waterfront Park.

Derek Lee (1-3) got the win pitching a complete game for New Hampshire, giving up one run on six hits. Chien-ming Wang (1-3) took the loss for Trenton, giving up all four New Hampshire runs in his six innings pitched.

Dan Jackson (2-3) got the win in Game Two. Charlie Isaacson (1-2) took the loss in relief and Adam Peterson recorded his eighth save. The Thunder haven't lead for a whole inning in the last 46 innings they have played. They were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. This is the first time that the Thunder have lost four games in two days. Manager Stump Merrill said that his team just has to compete. "Play. Concentrate. Compete." Merrilll gave a profanity laden tirade to his players after the game that could be heard all the way down the hall after his Thunder lost four games in the last 36 hours and their last six games all together.

The Fisher Cats struck in the first inning of game one. Tyrell Godwin led off the game with a single to center. After Stubby Clapp's strike out, the next batters singled to left with Godwin scoring on John-Ford Griffin's hit. Wang retired the next two New Hampshire batters with a strike out and fielder's choice to shortstop to get out of the inning.

Trenton responded in the bottom of the second with one of their own. Back to back singles by Aaron Rifkin and JT Stotts to lead off the inning and a grounder back to the pitcher by Omar Fuentes set the stage for Teuris Olivares to record an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center. All of Trenton's six hits in Game One were singles.

New Hampshire came back in the third to take a 2-1ead. Tyrell Godwin led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on a single to left center off the bat of Dominic Rich.

The Fisher Cats put two more on the board in the sixth. After a lead off ground out, John-Ford Griffin and Matt Logan singled to put two Fisher Cats on base with one out. After a line out to third by Aaron Hill, back to back singles by Jose Umbria and Maikel Jova scored Griffin and Logan to cement the victory and put New Hampshire up by a 4-1 margin.

New Hampshire picked up right where they left off in Game One in Game Two. Tyrell Godiwn led off the game with a single to center and advanced to second on a passed ball. After a walk to Danny Solano, the next two batters were retired before Aaron Hill reached base on an error by third baseman Teuris Olivares. Victor Valencia, the next batter, walked with the bases loaded to force in the Fisher Cats first run.

Trenton got on the board in Game Two in the second, when Jackson Melian hit a one out double to left center. Two batters later, Jake Weber singled to right and Melian barely beat the throw into home plate to tie the game at 1.

The Fisher Cats took a 2-1 lead in the sixth off Thunder reliever Charlie Isaacson. Aaron Hill hit a one out double to the right field corner and after a walk to Victor Valencia, Matt Logan singled to center and allowed Hill to score to give the Fisher Cats the lead.

New Hampshire added another run in the seventh when Justin Singleton hit a lead off home run to deep centerfield.

Before the game, Andy Brown was transferred to Tampa after going 0-for-1 as a member of the Thunder. Ben Moore was transferred from Tampa to the Thunder after going 2-0 and posting a 1.45 ERA in the Florida State League. Rick Currier was also transferred to Tampa after pitching five innings in game two against New Hampshire yesterday. He was 1-2 with a 5.12 ERA while in Trenton. After the game, Rik Currier was reactivated and Ben Moore was sent back down to Tampa. Also after the game, Sandy Madera was activated and Omar Fuentes was promoted to Columbus.

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