TRENTON – The Thunder bullpen blew a 2-1 eighth inning lead, and Trenton fell to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 4-2, in an 11 inning affair at ARM & HAMMER Park on Wednesday night.
The Thunder scored all of their runs in the bottom of the first inning. Centerfielder Rashad Crawford led off the frame with a well-struck stand-up double into the left fielder corner. Shortstop Thairo Estrada was then plunked by a pitch from Fisher Cats starter Connor Greene before third baseman Miguel Andujar grounded out to advance both runners. Designated hitter Mike Ford drove home the game’s first run on a RBI groundout to first base. Left fielder Zach Zehner plated the second run for Trenton with a line drive single to right field.
“We had our chances to score with men on third and less than two outs,” admitted Thunder Manager Bobby Mitchell. “We didn’t do it. Those runs will kill you if you don’t hit and they will come back to haunt you, especially as much as we are having trouble scoring runs right now.”
Right-hander Chance Adams allowed just one earned run in five solid innings of work. Through three April starts the 22-year old Adams has allowed just two earned runs in 16.1 innings. He has fanned 23 batters and allowed just 10 hits. Adams exited the game in favor of Caleb Frare, who tossed two scoreless innings with five punch outs.
It appeared as though Trenton was on their way to their third straight win until reliever Matt Marsh ran into some trouble in the top of the eighth inning. Back-to-back doubles from right fielder Anthony Alford and first baseman Ryan McBroom allowed New Hampshire to knot things up at two.
The action would remain tied until the top of the 11th inning when centerfielder Roemon Fields stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and stroked a two-out, two-RBI single off of right-hander Travis Hissong to put New Hampshire ahead for good, 4-2.
Trenton will get right back at it and try for their third consecutive series victory when they play a 10:30 A.M. on Thursday morning in the series finale with New Hampshire. Right-hander Yefry Ramirez will make his third start of the season for Trenton.