The Trenton Thunder left Manchester on a Thursday with a convincing 9-2 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Trenton jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the fifth thanks to homers from Billy McKinney, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, RBI doubles from Zack Zehner and Rashad Crawford and a sac fly RBI from Thairo Estrada.
New Hampshire starter Jon Harris (1-4) finally left the game after Zehner’s double. He would be saddled with the loss, allowing nine hits and a pair of walks, striking out two.
Tim Mayza would allow one last Trenton home run to Jake Cave in the ninth, a 2-2 pitch that made its way over the leftfield fence.
Ryan McBroom prevented the shutout for New Hampshire in the sixth inning thanks to his seventh home run of the year. The homer was his second in as many days and his third this season against Trenton pitching.
Michael DeLaCruz was the only New Hampshire batter with more than one hit, going 3-for-4 in his Fisher Cats debut.
Ronald Herrera (4-0) earned the win, giving up both of New Hampshire’s runs off McBroom’s homer. He lasted 5 1/3rd innings in his stint, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out one.
With the loss, New Hampshire (12-27) now owns not just the worst record in the Eastern League, but the worst record in all of Minor League Baseball. Their winning percentage fell to .308, just below the .314 mark posted by the Midwest League’s Burlington Bees coming into Thursday.
New Hampshire will look to improve as they begin a three-game series in Reading. The series’ first game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start, Shane Dawson (1-5, 5.63 ERA) will take the mound for New Hampshire against Reading’s Brandon Leibrandt (3-1, 4.50 ERA).