Cameron Reimers (5-0) got the win for New Hampshire, giving up three runs in his six and one-third innings pitched. Matt Smith (3-3) took the loss for the Thunder. According to Smith, he "just didn't have it tonight. I couldn't put hitters away."
The Fisher Cats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a lackadaisical Trenton ball club. Tyrell Godwin opened the game with a double to left center but was picked off while wandering off on a throw by Dioner Navarro. Danny Solano walked and Dominic Rich singled to center. After a strikeout by John-Ford Griffin, Aaron Hill and Maikel Jova followed with back to back singles that scored Solano and Rich.
Trenton came back with one of their own in the bottom half of the first. Kevin Reese led off with a double down the right field line and Robinson Cano followed with a single to left. After a walk to Dioner Navarro and a strikeout by Jackson Melian, Aaron Rifkin grounded into a fielders choice that scored Reese. Mitch Jones grounded into another fielder's choice to end the inning.
The Fisher Cats added to their lead in the fifth. Danny Sodano got a one out walk and Dominic Rich followed with a single to center. John-Ford Griffin singled to left center and Sodano scored. Aaron Hill hit a sacrifice fly to right center that scored Rich to give New Hampshire a 4-1 lead.
New Hampshire went up 7-1 in the seventh Aaron Hill led off with an infield single. Makiel Jova followed with two run homer to right. Matt Logan followed with a double off the base of the center field wall Two batters later, Justin Singleton singled to right and Logan scored.
The Thunder put up two of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Aaron Rifkin led off the inning with a monstrous home run to right field. After a fly out to left, the Thunder strung together three consecutive singles and scored on a fielders choice off the bat of Kevin Reese to cut the New Hampshire lead to 7-3. That was as close as they would get.
The Fisher Cats added one more in the ninth off Francisco Villegas. A one out triple by Justin Singleton was followed two batters later with a single to right by Danny Solano that scored Singleton and put New Hampshire up 8-3.
The Thunder went 4-for-31 with runners in scoring position during the five game New Hampshire series. That works out to a .129 batting average with RISP… The Thunder have lost their last seven games dating to last Friday night…Pitching match-ups for the Bowie series have Javier Ortiz (1-2) going against Dave Crouthers (1-1) tomorrow night, Ramon Ramirez (0-1) going against Scott Rice (1-2) on Saturday afternoon, and Sean Henn (1-1) going against Cory Morris (1-3) in the finale on Sunday.