TRENTON, N.J. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats leave New Jersey with a win, thanks to their 4-1 win over the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday morning.
All four New Hampshire runs came off the bat of Albero Mineo, an 0-1 pitch that the Italian-born catcher took deep to right for the Fisher Cats’ second grand slam of the year.
That would be all the offense New Hampshire needed as Fisher Cats starter Yennsy Diaz pitched a solid five-inning performance, giving up just one run before his departure.
Even there, Trenton accumulated three straight singles, and looked poised for more until Wendell Rijo harmlessly flied out to right, squandering what ultimately became Trenton’s best opportunity of the day.
Yennsy climbed to 2-2 on the year with the win, as Kirby Snead earned his fifth save of the year closing out the ninth for New Hampshire.
Deivi Garcia earned the loss in what was his Eastern League debut despite striking out 11 Fisher Cats in the effort.
Mineo added a single and a pair of walks along with the grand slam, accounting for two of New Hampshire’s five hits on the day.
The Fisher Cats return to New Hampshire for a four-game set against the Hartford Yard Goats. Andrew Sopko (1-2, 3.57 ERA) takes the mound for New Hampshire against Hartford’s Jack Wynkoop (2-3, 3.54 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.