TRENTON, N.J. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats concluded their time in New Jersey on Sunday with a series split against the Trenton Thunder, falling 7-5.
Trenton’s win came largely on the back of a big third inning, where a three-run homer by Kyle Holder highlighted what eventually became a six-run barrage that included five hits, a walk, Brandon Wagner getting hit by a pitch and Hoy Jun Park reaching base after catcher interference.
New Hampshire put up two runs in the fifth off RBI base hits from Vinny Capra and Forrest Wall, with Santiago Espinal’s first triple of the year bringing in three more runs in the seventh.
However, a first pitch homer by Chris Gittens in the eighth extended Trenton’s lead while the Fisher Cats stranded squandered opportunities to close the gap further following Espinal’s effort.
Fisher Cats starter Justin Dillon (1-1) was saddled with the loss, leaving the contest midway through the third-inning assault. He’d end up allowing five earned runs off five hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out five.
Nick Green (1-1) was the winner, allowing five hits and a walk over six innings of work.
Daniel Alvarez earned his tenth save of the year for retiring the Fisher Cats in the ninth.
At the plate, Holder, Eduardo Navas and Rashad Crawford each contributed two hits for Trenton, with Navas also knocking in a pair of runs.
For New Hampshire, Capra, Forrest Wall and Riley Adams also had two hits each, with Adams scoring two of New Hampshire’s five runs.
The Fisher Cats now head to Pennsylvania for a series with the Fightin’ Phils. Monday’s game starts at 7:10 p.m. with Jon Harris (2-1, 3.60 ERA) taking on Mauricio Llovera (3-3, 4.29 ERA)