MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats earned a key win on Monday night, defeating the Trenton Thunder 4-2 to build their buffer atop the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.
New Hampshire got off to a quick start, with Harold Ramirez bringing Jon Berti across the plate in the first.
Neither team could change the score line until the seventh, when a two-run single from Jeff Hendrix provided Trenton its first lead of the night. It wouldn’t last.
Berti tied up the contest in the bottom of the seventh, bringing Juan Kelly home to tie the contest and a double from Ramirez later in the inning let Berti score, giving New Hampshire a lead they would not release.
A bases loaded walk in the eighth provided New Hampshire an insurance run and Travis Bergen got through the ninth, leaving the bases loaded and sending the Thunder packing.
Bergin’s rocky, but effective, ninth inning appearance earned him his second save of the year while Kirby Snead saw his record climb to 3-3, retiring three of the four batters he faced and giving New Hampshire’s bullpen its first win of the month.
If not for the single from Hendrix, the win instead would have gone to Jordan Romano, leaving after 6 2/3 innings, allowing both Trenton runs off five hits and a walk, striking out four.
Trenton’s losing pitcher of record was Domingo Acevedo, falling to 2-2 after 6 2/3 innings of work. Like Romano, Acevedo allowed five hits. He also struck out seven and walked four.
Monday night belonged to pitchers on both sides, excluding the transcendent 4-for-4 night from Ramirez.
Outside of Ramirez, the only other batters with multiple hits were Berti and Trenton’s Kyle Holder. Dalton Pompey and Kelly each procured a pair of walks for the Fisher Cats.
With the win, New Hampshire take a 1.5 game lead over the Thunder atop the divisional standings, a lead they will seek to grow with Tuesday’s doubleheader.
The first game is set to start at 5:05 p.m., with the second game tentatively set to begin at 7:05 p.m.