MANCHESTER, NH – A seven-run third inning was more than enough for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Wednesday night in a 7-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder.
With the Thunder having struck for the first run of the game off Casey Lawrence in the top half of the 3rd inning, New Hampshire got to work immediately by sending 10 men to the plate in the bottom half of the inning. The bottom of the 3rd inning consisted of six hits one walk and three errors that plagued Thunder starting pitcher Kyle Haynes for multiple unearned runs.
Haynes wound up completing six innings, five of which- aside from the seven-run third inning- were scoreless.
New Hampshire collected nine hits and seven runs (two earned runs) with a walk and three strikeouts as the VCU product tossed 95 pitches (63 strikes). The six innings matches a career-high set on June 22nd against Bowie, and though he tossed a quality start and lowered his ERA his record drops to 1-6 on the season.
Offensively, the Thunder received multi-hit nights from Rob Segedin (2-for-4) and Cito Culver (2-for-3) as part of a seven-hit attack. Trenton struck for three runs off New Hampshire starting pitcher Casey Lawrence in his seven innings of work, but they never again brought the tying run to the plate after falling behind 7-1 in the third inning.
The Thunder still hold a one game lead over the Reading Fightin Phils for first place in the East Division after the Fightins earned a 2-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday night.The Thunder complete their three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Trenton sends RHP Eric Ruth (6-1, 2.09) to the mound against New Hampshire RHP Taylor Cole (3-7, 4.47). Pre-game coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR, 1490 AM WBCB or online at www.trentonthunder.com.