Trenton plated two early runs in their series opener against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night, and that proved to be all of the support that they would need to get right-hander Chance Adams (3-0 0.82 ERA) his third victory of the season, the most of any starter in the Eastern League.
The Thunder used a second-inning RBI double by right fielder Devan Bolasky and a RBI single from Catcher Jorge Saez off of New Hampshire starter Conner Greene to give Adams an early cushion to work with.
Greene had allowed just two runs to Trenton in 6 2/3 innings of work in his start against them last Wednesday at ARM & HAMMER PARK.
Last week, two Thunder runs were not enough to get Adams a victory despite exiting in line to earn the win. On Monday, Adams went 5 2/3 shutout innings and allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out four before exiting at the 95-pitch mark in favor of southpaw Evan Rutckyj.
New Hampshire had their grandest opportunity to take control of the game in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Having already scored one run on a RBI single by second baseman Tim Lopes, the Fisher Cats had runners on both first and second base with just one out. With the game seemingly hanging in the balance, Thunder right-hander J.R. Graham was able to generate a fly-out and inning-ending groundout to escape any further trouble.
After blowing his second save of the season on Sunday in a 5-4 loss to Portland, Cale Coshow was given an immediate shot at redemption in the ninth inning. Manager Bobby Mitchell displayed confidence in his hard-throwing closer, and he rewarded him by working around a one out walk to convert his league-leading fifth save opportunity to nail down the 2-1 Thunder win.