Thunder leave Granite State with series win

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Trenton Thunder
Trenton Thunder

MANCHESTER, N.H.- The New Hampshire Fisher Cats closed out the first home stand of the season’s second half with a 5-2 loss against the Trenton Thunder on Sunday, taking two of three against the Fisher Cats this week.

Trenton struck first with a Mandy Alvarez home run to right in the second inning, followed by Matt Lipka’s RBI single. That provided the visitors with a two-run lead they quickly relinquished in the bottom of the second.

There, Logan Warmoth got things started with an RBI single to left, bringing Nash Knight home, followed by Chad Spanberger’s sac fly RBI that put Riley Adams across the plate.

Neither team managed a run after that point until Alvarez doubled home Ben Ruta in the eighth, with Brandon Wagner singling Chris Gittens and Alvarez home before the inning concluded.

New Hampshire’s Hector Perez made up for a poor start against Binghamton earlier in the week, scattering six hits in his five innings against Trenton, but left without a decision.

Danny Young got the loss for New Hampshire

Brady Lail (2-1) got the win for Trenton, giving up one hit in 2 2/3 innings of work.  Brooks Kriske recorded the final four outs for Trenton, marking his sixth Eastern League save of the year.

At the plate, Lipka , Alvarez, Gittens and Wagner each grabbed two hits for Trenton. For New Hampshire, every starting batter reached base at least once with the exception of Santiago Espinal.

The Fisher Cats now head to Portland for a three-game series with the Sea Dogs. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with Zach Logue (3-3, 3.14 ERA) taking the mound for New Hampshire against Portland southpaw Matthew Kent (2-2, 2.91 ERA)