MANCHESTER, NH – On a night where the Thunder were held to just two hits, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats used a three-run 8th inning to break a tie in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss.
Trenton got on the board early with a double by Jose Pirela just two batters into the game. It was the first hit for Pirela in his combined rehab efforts with Tampa and Trenton and now he is 1-for-14 in four games after going 1-for-3 Wednesday night. With Greg Bird at the plate, Pirela advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Bird then walked and stole second base to put runners at second and third base with a 3-0 count on Aaron Judge.
Judge lifted a high fastball to right field where it was plenty deep enough to score Pirela for the game’s first run. The out by Judge began a streak of 8.1 hitless innings for Fisher Cats pitching which wouldn’t be broken until there were two outs in the 9th inning. Mason Williams delivered a single to left field for the only other hit on the night for the Thunder offense.
Luis Severino made his fourth start of the season for the Thunder and he allowed one run in five innings of work. The lone run came on a solo homer to Ryan Schimpf in the second inning to erase the early 1-0 lead for the Thunder. Severino was able to work around five other hits and a walk due to six strikeouts that help strand baserunners throughout his outing. He picked up a no-decision, then handed the ball off to Kyle Haynes for a pair of scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning when Andury Acevedo entered. He faced five batters, allowed four hits including three doubles, to break the deadlock and make the lead a comfortable three-run cushion heading into the final frame.
The loss is the third consecutive for the Thunder and the fourth in the team’s last five games overall. With a sweep at the hands of the Fisher Cats, Trenton drops to 5-8 away from ARM & HAMMER Park this season
Thursday return to ARM & HAMMER Park Friday against the Akron RubberDucks following a league-wide scheduled day-off Thursday. RHP Brady Lail (0-2, 4.73) gets the start for the Thunder, and he will be opposed by RHP Will Roberts (2-1, 5.82) for the Fisher Cats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with a 6:40 p.m. pre-game show on the Trenton Thunder Radio Network.