MANCHESTER, NH – The Trenton Thunder fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and 6-0 in the second inning before the New Hampshire Fisher Cats cruised to a 7-0 victory Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Before 3,565 fans on a low-40’s night, the Fisher Cats offense started hot against Thunder starter Eric Ruth who was summoned from High-A Tampa prior to the ballgame. After striking out two of the first four batters he faced, runners were at first and third with two outs without any damage done. However, Wilkin Castillo and Matt Dean each provided a two-out, two-run single to chase Ruth from the game after eight batters and 38 pitches.
He was replaced by Matt Wotherspoon (3.1 IP, 2 ER), Giovanny Gallegos (3.0 IP, 1 ER) and Alex Smith (1.0 IP, 0 ER) out of the bullpen to keep New Hampshire as close as possible.
Offensively, Kyle Higashioka notched his third straight multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 performance. He raised his season average to .364 and is 7-for-last-13 after starting the season 1-for-9.
The series continues Saturday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium with a scheduled 5:35 p.m. first pitch. Tomorrow’s Thunder starter is LHP Dietrich Enns (0-0, 0.00) but will be opposed by RHP Jason Berken (0-1, 3.60). Pregame coverage with Adam Giardino begins starting at 5:20 p.m. on the Trenton Thunder Radio Network.