Thunder Stymied in Regular-Season Road Finale
MANCHESTER, N.H. - A five-run fourth inning for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats doomed the Thunder in an eventual 8-2 loss on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Fisher Cats starter Thomas Hatch (2-3) limited the Thunder to (36-32, 74-60) to two runs on three hits over seven innings, walking none while striking out 11, two shy of his career-high. The right-hander went on two separate streaks of five consecutive strikeouts while allowing just four baserunners.
In the bottom of the first, Thunder starter Nick Green (3-4) issued a one-out walk to Nash Knight, who took third on a Riley Adams double before scoring on a passed ball by catcher Kellin Deglan. The Fisher Cats (30-38, 61-74) extended their lead to 2-0 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Vinny Capra that required a leaping catch at the wall by Thunder right fielder Zack Zehner.
Brandon Wagner led off the top of the third with a single and scored on a Ben Ruta two-run homer to right-center, tying the score at 2-2.
Chad Spanberger immediately put the Fisher Cats back in front with an RBI-double in the bottom of the third, and in the fourth, Albert Abreu entered in relief and surrendered five runs, including a three-run homer by Josh Palacios and a solo homer by Adams that came back-to-back.
The Thunder, meanwhile, would not score again, as Hatch's gem was followed by one scoreless inning each from relievers Corey Copping and Dany Jimenez.
The Thunder still won the rain-shortened series, two games to one, and have now won six of their last seven series.
Kyle Holder went 0-for-4 in the game, ending a 15-game on-base streak that was just two shy of his season-high.
Your Thunder return home on Friday to open a four-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils at 7 p.m. RHP Rony Garcia (4-11, 4.40) will start for the Thunder, and RHP Adonis Medina (6-7, 4.97) will go for Reading. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on 920 AM The Jersey or online at TrentonThunder.com/Broadcast.
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