First Double-A home run breaks tie game in eighth inning
MANCHESTER, NH – Third baseman Emilio Guerrero picked the perfect time for his first Double-A home run. He drilled a two-out solo shot to lift the Fisher Cats to a 5-4 victory before a seasons-best 7,008 on Saturday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
K. C. Hobson also homered, a three-run shot in the first, as New Hampshire (16-13) won a third straight game.
The Thunder (13-16) opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Mason Williams walked and moved to second on a balk. After Eric Jagielo was hit by a pitch, catcher Gary Sanchez singled to make it 1-0.
New Hampshire moved in front in the bottom of the first inning. Jon Berti singled and Dwight Smith Jr. doubled. Matt Newman’s groundout scored Berti to tie the game at 1-1. Jake Fox was hit by a pitch and Hobson followed with his third homer of the season for a 4-1 lead.
Trenton trimmed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning. Jagielo singled and advanced to second on a single by Sanchez. After a double play grounder, he scored on a single by Dante Bichette Jr.
The Thunder came back to tie the game at four in the eighth inning. Jagielo homered and Bichette Jr. doubled home Sanchez who had singled.
In the eighth, Guerrero drilled a 3-2 pitch onto the patio of the Hilton Garden Inn off losing pitcher Kyle Haynes (0-2).
Taylor Cole started for the Fisher Cats, allowing two runs in 5.1 IP. Danny Barnes (2-0) earned the win in relief and Scott Barnes picked up his first save in the Blue Jays organization working around singles by Aaron Judge and Jagielo (3-for-3, RBI) in the top of the ninth.
The Trenton series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. After the 4th annual Mother’s Day 3K presented by EdVestin U, LHP John Anderson (1-2, 4.62) will start for the Fisher Cats against Trenton RHP Luis Severino (1-2, 2.77). Coverage with Tom Gauthier and Ben Gellman begins at 1:15pm on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and at www.nhfishercats.com.
Also on Sunday, there will be guest appearances by Clifford The Big Red Dog, the Super Readers and Word Girl sponsored by NHPTV. Kids can run the bases after the game courtesy of the Buyers Beware Campaign. Tickets are available by visiting www.nhfishercats.com., or stopping by the Fisher Cats ticket office, or by calling (603) 641-2005.
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