A late rally couldn’t prevent yet another loss to the Trenton Thunder as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell on the road Friday night, 2-1.
Thairo Estrada gave Trenton a solo home run in the sixth and brought home Jorge Mateo on a sacrifice fly in the eighth, but New Hampshire’s pitchers kept the Thunder bats at bay otherwise.
However, New Hampshire’s bats were also largely dormant, with Eastern League All-Star Yefry Ramirez allowing just four Fisher Cat hits over the first six innings of play.
Andrew Guillotte cut the lead down to one in the ninth, crossing the plate after a two-out error that allowed Danny Jansen to reach base safely. However, Ryan McBroom’s grounder toward second on the next at-bat couldn’t quite reach the outfield, letting Trenton escape with the win.
Ramirez (9-3) picked up his fourth win of the year against New Hampshire, bringing his ERA in home games a full two runs lower than on the road.
Colten Brewer picked up his ninth save of the year.
Francisco Rios (3-8) continued his bad luck since returning from the disabled list in May. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and four walks while striking out four. Rios has now been on the wrong end of the decision in four straight starts.
At the plate, Richard Urena had a 2-for-4 day for the Fisher Cats, that included one of the three doubles allowed by Thunder pitching.
The series continues Saturday night in Trenton. Southpaw Shane Dawson (1-8, 6.01 ERA) will go for the Fisher Cats against Trenton’s Zack Littell (3-0, 2.37 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.