MANCHESTER, NH – The Trenton Thunder (85-53) lost a second-straight game to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (66-72) Thursday night, 5-3, as the season turns its page to the final series of the regular season.
Following the loss, the Thunder remain 2.5 games in back of the Reading Fightin Phils for first place in the East Division—not losing ground as the Portland Sea Dogs knocked-off Reading 6-0. The Thunder must complete a four-game sweep of Reading to catch the Fightins to capture first place in the division.
Will Carter started the game for Trenton, and needed just 64 pitches to limit the Fisher Cats lineup through six innings. He allowed just two hits – but one was a home run to Dwight Smith Jr. – as the offense staked him to a 3-1 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.
A Fisher Cats rally in the seventh inning featured a pair of errors by the Thunder defense, contributing to four total runs and a two-run lead turned into a two-run deficit for Trenton. Though they brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning in a comeback effort, Murphy Smith pitched a scoreless frame for his fifth save out of the New Hampshire bullpen.
The Thunder pile on the bus for the final time in the regular season and head back to Trenton following Thursday’s game. They welcome Reading to town Friday night for the start of Labor Day Weekend at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Fans may trade in unused tickets for any game in final series, and in doing so they can enjoy happy hour and $1 beers from 5:30 PM-6:30 pm Friday-Sunday and 11:30 am-12:30 pm Monday. Following happy hour, there are $2 beer specials until the middle of the fifth inning.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 Friday night with pregame coverage beginning at 6:40 on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.