Trenton pitcher gives F-Cats first shutout loss

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TRENTON, NJ – Trenton Thunder pitcher Michael King just did something that seemed impossible up to this point: he shutout the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Lead by King’s complete game masterpiece, the Thunder defeated the Fisher Cats 6-0 on Saturday night.

Trenton got on the board first with two runs in the fourth, followed by a sac fly RBI from Devyn Bolasky in the fifth and home runs by Mandy Alvarez and Jhalan Jackson in the sixth and seventh, respectively.

Meanwhile, King (2-1) allowed just three hits, taking a no-hitter into the third and not allowing a Fisher Cats runner past second base for the entire evening.

He also ended the night with 11 strikeouts, his second 11 strikeout night of 2018 and his first since promotion to the Eastern League in late May.

New Hampshire starting pitcher Jordan Romano lasted six innings, giving up five runs off five hits and a pair of walks. Three of those five runs were earned.

At the plate, Connor Panas had two of New Hampshire’s three hits while Jonathan Davis collected the other one, a double in the fourth.

Trenton only had seven hits on the night, with Jackson and Trey Amburgey leading the way with two apiece.

Saturday’s game marks the first time New Hampshire has been shutout this season and also gave them their first losing month, concluding their June schedule with a 13-14 record.

New Hampshire will look to bounce back as the calendar turns as they send TJ Zeuch (5-3, 3.34 ERA) against Trenton’s Trevor Stephan (2-3, 4.50 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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