TRENTON, N.J. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth inning with seven runs and went on to defeat the Trenton Thunder 10-0 Monday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Thunder starter Brady Lail took a no-decision despite throwing 5.1 scoreless innings. The right-hander did not walk a batter and allowed just five hits.
In the fateful eighth inning, the Fisher Cats broke through for five hits and a walk against reliever Caleb Cotham. Cotham left with two runners on base and his replacement, Andury Acevedo, surrendered a three-run home run to Matt Newman to take the 7-0 advantage for New Hampshire.
Newman’s blast was the first home run over the fence allowed by Thunder pitching in 92 innings to begin the season.
Fisher Cats starter Matt Boyd held the Thunder hitless over the first five innings of the game and combined with relievers Luis Perez and Dustin Antolin to shutout the Thunder for the first time this season.
Eric Jagielo recorded the Thunder’s first hit with a leadoff single in the sixth inning. Jake Cave also added a single in the defeat.
The two most recent winners of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014) and Joey Logano (2015) will be at ARM & HAMMER Park Tuesday for the third annual Dover vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game. Gates open for the softball game at 4 pm with the event scheduled to begin at 4:30.
The Thunder will send LHP Miguel Sulbaran (0-0, 2.08) and the Fisher Cats will send RHP Taylor Cole (0-0, 8.22) for the game scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday night.