MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats said farewell to their fans with a flourish on Thursday night, defeating the Trenton Thunder, 8-2.
A superlative outing by New Hampshire’s Thomas Hatch was marred only by a Ben Ruta two-run homer in the third, but that only gave Trenton a brief moment of equalization that was quickly smashed by Chad Spanberger’s 28th double of the year.
That double brought home Josh Palacios and Palacios would provide one of New Hampshire’s five runs in the fourth, collecting his fifth home run of the year.
Riley Adams also went deep, with Vinny Capra coming home earlier in the inning off a Cullen Large single to left.
Hatch (2-3) retired eight of the Trenton’s first nine batters, striking out the first five in a row. He’d finish with an 11-strikeout night, giving up just three hits over seven innings of work.
Nick Green (3-4) was the losing pitcher of record for Trenton, leaving after the third.
At the plate, Adams added a double along with his homer, while Brock Lundquist also had a pair of hits on the night for New Hampshire.
With the home portion of the schedule complete, the Fisher Cats head to Portland to finish the 2019 season. On Friday, the teams play at 7:00 p.m. LHP Zach Logue (3-6, 4.04) starts for New Hampshire against Portland RHP Denyi Reyes (7-12, 4.24).