The New Hampshire Fisher Cats return to Manchester on Friday and now they’re guaranteed to have a winning record on their first road trip of the season. That fact comes thanks to a 4-2 11-inning victory against the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday evening.
Trenton gained their two runs early on, with an RBI from Mike Ford and Zach Zehner. Ford’s infield sacrifice marked his third game in a row with an RBI against the Fisher Cats.
New Hampshire would get on the board in the fourth thanks to a solo shot from Ryan McBroom, his first of the year. McBroom would tie the game up in the eighth on a double that brought Anthony Alford across the plate. He also contributed a single earlier in what was a 3-for-5 day for him at the plate.
Roemon Field’s two-out double brought home Emilio Guerreo and Reese McGuire to break the deadlock in extra innings, with Jose Fernandez recording his second straight 1-2-3 inning in the eleventh to seal the victory.
Although Wednesday’s effort marked the first win of the year for Fernandez, it was also the first without a strikeout and the third of his four appearances without an earned run.
New Hampshire’s starting pitching has been a mixed bag so far this year, but Connor Greene submitted a strong performance, settling down after the rough first inning, allowing no further hits before he was pulled two outs into the seventh inning.
Trenton’s Chance Adams also provided a strong starting performance from the mound, going five before getting the hook, but McBroom’s late heroics would give Adams his first no decision of the year. The loss would instead go to Travis Hissong, who came in for just for the three outs in the 11th inning rally.
Jonathan Diaz would join McBroom in the multi-hit club, going 2-for-3 and nearly adding a third run in the eleventh before getting caught at the tail end of Field’s double.
Alford also brought his hitting streak up to five in a row and nine of his last ten contests, going 1-for-5. He still holds the Eastern League lead in batting average, slugging average and on-base percentage.
The Thunder will conclude their series with New Hampshire on Thursday morning with a 10:35 scheduled first pitch.
Francisco Rios (2-0, 3.48) will head to the mound for New Hampshire, facing Trenton’s Yeltry Ramirez (1-0, 5.79)