PP Game Notes: Thunder Split Two

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats came into today's day-night doubleheader hitting .317 against the Thunder this year at Waterfront Park. They would help that out in route to a 12-2 drubbing of the Thunder in Game One. Thunder starter Rik Currier (2-3) took the loss for Trenton, giving up 11 of the Fisher Cat 12 runs in his 5 innings of work. Currier's ERA jumped from 3.96 at the start of the day to 5.88 after his 117 pitch outing.

Currier's problems started early as the first four New Hampshire hitter reached base. Anton French led off the game with a single to right and then stole second before Tyrell Godwin walked to put runners at first and second. Aaron Hill followed with a single to center to load the bases for John-Ford Griffin. Griffin hit a double to the right field corner that cleared the bases and gave the Fisher Cats a 3-0 lead. After Maikel Jova flew out to deep right and Dominic Rich walked, Danny Solano followed with a single to right that scored Griffin and gave New Hampshire a 4-0 lead after one inning. The Fisher Cats came into the game hitting .317 this year at Waterfront Park and would increase that to .333 by the end of Game 1. The Fisher Cats are hitting .238 overall this year.

The Fisher Cats put one more on the board in the second to take a 5-0 lead. After back to back walks to Justin Singleton and Anton French to led off the inning, Currier got Tyrell Godwin to fly out to left before Aaron Hill singled to center to score Singleton and give New Hampshire a five run advantage.

The New Hampshire offense exploded again in the third, scoring four more runs to take a 9-0 lead after three. Dominic Rich led off the inning with a single to center and after Danny Solano was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, Victor Valencia flew out to shallow right on a nice play by Jason Grove. Justin Singleton followed with a walk to load the bases before Anton French hit a bases clearing triple that scored Rich, Solano, and Singleton to put the Fisher Cats up 8-0. Tyrell Godwin followed with a single to center that scored French and solidified the 9-0 lead.

The Thunder finally got on the board in the fourth against Todd Ozias, who improved to 5-3 on the year with the win. Omar Fuentes hit a one out double to the left field corner and after Andy Cannizaro walked and Teuris Olivares grounded out on a fielders choice, Kevin Reese singled to right center scoring Fuentes and making a 9-1 game. Reese went 3-for-3 with three singles.

New Hampshire came right back with two of their own in the fifth to make it an 11-1 game. Justin Singleton led off the inning with a homer to left to make it a 10-1 game. After Currier got back to back strike outs of French and Godwin, Aaron Hill singled to left. The next batter, Griffin collected the fourth of his four RBIs on the day with a double to center that scored Hill and made it 11-1 Fisher Cats.

Justin Kaye was able to come on in relief and hold the Fisher Cats off the board until the eighth. With one out, Maikel Jova hit a home run to left to make it a 12-1 game at that point. Andy Torres, who was credited with his first save in relief of Ozias, only gave up one run to Thunder to make it a 12-2 game in the eighth. JT Stotts led off the inning with a single to center. After Jason Grove and Omar Fuentes were retired and Andy Cannizaro reached on an infield single, Teuris Olivares followed with a single to left that scored Stotts and made it a 12-2 game, but that was as close as the Thunder would come.

Six hours later, the story was completely different. After the two teams combined for 28 hits in Game One, an old fashioned pitchers duel ensued. Buddy Carlyle and Josh Banks matched each other pitch for pitch through the first six innings, each allowing only 3 hits. Neither starter was involved in the final decision. Scott Wiggins (1-1) got the win in relief for Trenton while Dan Jackson (3-7) took the loss in relief for New Hampshire. David Shepard pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save.

The Thunder took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh. After Jason Grove led off the inning with a double to the left field corner and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jackson Melian, JT Stotts singled to center, scoring Grove to account for the only run of the game.
New Hampshire tried to mount a rally off Wiggins in the eighth but Jeremy Ward came in and closed the door. Ward came in with runners on first and second and nobody out, allowed a single to the first hitter he faced, and then got a double play ground ball and a strike out to get out of the inning with Trenton's 1-0 lead intact.

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