Big third inning helps Fisher Cats break losing streak

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats broke their four-game losing streak on Saturday night with an 8-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder.

New Hampshire lost their early lead after Trenton grabbed two runs in the top of the third, but the Fisher Cats bounced right back half an inning later.

There, a Vinny Capra double began a string of five straight Fisher Cat batters reaching base, with two consecutive batters reaching after being hit by a pitch,

Before the inning’s conclusion, 11 men went up to the plate and the Fisher Cats accumulated six runs, a tally the Thunder could not overcome for the rest of the contest.

Trenton did manage to put a run off Kyle Holder’s double an inning later, but New Hampshire pitcher Yennsy Diaz escaped further damage, following up Holder’s hit with a strikeout of Ben Ruta to retire the side.

The Thunder managed just two hits after that point, with the Fisher Cats getting another off a pair of Trenton errors in the sixth.

Diaz (6-5) earned the win, giving up just four hits in five innings of work, striking out six and walking three. Justin Dillon got the save after allowing just two hits over the other four innings of the game.

The loss went to Rony Garcia (1-5), with Garcia being on the hook for six of the seven New Hampshire runs during his three-inning appearance. Garcia allowed six hits and two walks, striking out three.

Although Ruta’s strikeout to end the fourth squashed any momentum Trenton had in putting together a comeback, he was the only player on either team with more than one hit, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Brock Lundquist and Kevin Williams each had a pair of RBI for the Fisher Cats.

The series concludes on Sunday with a 1:35 p.m. matinee. Hector Perez (4-3, 5.48 ERA) takes the mound for New Hampshire against a Trenton hurler to be determined.