Fifth-inning rallies power ‘Cats to doubleheader sweep

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Brock Lundquist’s First Double-A HR led NH to victory in Game 2. (Christina Carrillo)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t get a win on Monday since there wasn’t any baseball on Monday. After the rain stopped, though….

On Tuesday, New Hampshire took both games of a doubleheader against the Trenton Thunder, 6-4 in Game 1 followed by 8-6 in Game 2.

In Game 1, Trenton collected three extra-base hits in the second inning to add two more runs on top of two runs they collected in the first.

The Thunder almost collected more runs in the third, but New Hampshire starting pitcher Hector Perez managed to avoid further damage even if his day would be over at that point.

Fortunately for New Hampshire, Ty Tice and Jake Fishman shut down the Thunder in relief moving forward, allowing enough leeway for the ‘Cats trio of doubles in the fifth to flip the lead around.

New Hampshire sent ten men to the plate in that rally, putting all six of their runs on the board.

Trevor Stephan (0-2) left with one out during the rally, but was on the hook for all six runs, spoiling what had been a strong start up to that point.

He got the loss while Tice (1-2) got the win, allowing just one of the seven batters he faced to reach base.

Santiago Espinal and Chad Spanberger finished with multiple RBI for the Fisher Cats, with Spanberger going 2-for-2 with a walk during the truncated contest.

In Game 2, Trenton scored first again. This time, the scoring came in the fourth thanks to Hoy Jun Park’s triple.

Again, New Hampshire put up six runs in the fifth, but Jhalan Jackson’s triple half an inning later spearheaded a comeback that allowed Trenton to tie things up.

The decider came on a 1-1 pitch to Brock Lundquist in the bottom of the sixth, which he sent soaring to right for his first home run of the year, a two-run shot that held up the rest of the way.

Forest Wall joined Lundquist with a pair of RBI, with Gunnar Heidt collecting a hit and a walk on the way to raising his OPS to an astronomical 1.101.

Kirby Snead (2-0) blew his first save of the year for New Hampshire, but won anyway, striking out three in his two-inning appearance.

The loss went to Domingo Acevedo (2-1), who gave up Lundquist’s dinger, a walk and another hit in the sixth.

 

 

 

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.