A home run from Harold Ramirez wasn’t enough as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost once again on Tuesday night, this time a 4-2 loss to the Trenton Thunder.
Ramirez sent his third home run of the year over the centerfield fence in the fourth inning, a two-run shot that also brought home Anthony Alford.
New Hampshire was able to hold the lead that sprung from Ramirez’ homer until the sixth, when Trenton sent two runs across the plate off new pitcher Dusty Isaacs.
Trenton would take the lead in the eighth thanks to a two-run homer of their own, a full count blast by Gleyber Torres off eventual loser Chris Rowley (0-1).
The Fisher Cats loaded the bases half an inning later, but that would be as close as they’d get, with Trenton reliever Travis Hissong getting a ground out off Ryan McBroom to escape the jam.
McBroom’s failure to capitalize with runners in scoring position was a recurring theme throughout the evening. Despite 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position, New Hampshire’s only hit with men on second or third was the home run from Ramirez.
Sean Reid-Foley was in line for the win, but loaded the bases without recording an out in the sixth just prior to Issacs’ entry into the contest.
Yefry Ramirez (5-0) pitched seven innings to get the win for Trenton, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Cale Coshow pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the year against the Fisher Cats, adding to his league lead in that category.
Although New Hampshire could only record five hits off Trenton pitching, it was still a good night for jack-of-all-positions Gunnar Heidt. Coming out of the ninth spot in the lineup, Heidt went 2-for-3 with a double, his third multi-hit game in the past week.
With the loss, the Fisher Cats remain at the bottom of the Eastern League, with a only a 4-11 record so far this month.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Connor Greene (1-2, 3.27 ERA) will take the mound for New Hampshire against Trenton’s Domingo German (1-4, 3.00 ERA).