MANCHESTER, NH – A pair of early homeruns for the Thunder were undone by a late homerun by former Thunder Melky Mesa in a 7-5 loss at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Just three batters into the game, Greg Bird slugged his third homerun of the season with Jake Cave aboard for a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Eric Jagielo followed suit with a solo homer to stake the visitors to an early 3-0 lead. That lead would only last until the 3rd inning when New Hampshire bounced-back with four runs to jump ahead.
With the Thunder trailing 5-3 in the top of the 6th inning, Dante Bichette Jr. drove home a pair with a game-tying double, but Melky Mesa put the Fisher Cats ahead for good in the bottom of the 7th with a solo homer off Caleb Cotham.
MLB rehabbing infielder Jose Pirela appeared in his second game with the Thunder with five innings at second base before being lifted in the sixth inning for defensive replacement, Jose Rosario. Pirela went 0-for-3 Tuesday, making him 0-for-7 in two games with Trenton and a combined 0-for-11 between Trenton and Tampa during his rehab stint.
After their first three losses this season were by one run each, Thunder pitchers have allowed 52 runs in the last six losses (8.7 RPG). Trenton drops to 0-7 this season when allowing at least four runs in a game, and it is the fourth time this season that the Thunder have hit multiple homers in a game but the first one they’ve lost.
The Thunder return to action Wednesday evening against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. RHP Luis Severino (1-1, 2.40) gets the start for the Thunder, and he will be opposed by LHP John Anderson (1-1, 4.73) for the Fisher Cats. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. with a 5:20 p.m. pre-game show on the Trenton Thunder Radio Network.