MANCHESTER, NH – After a 35-minute rain delay and an additional 3:22 worth of baseball, the Trenton Thunder claimed Game 1 of their three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-6 Tuesday night.
The Fisher Cats struck for the first runs of the game, but after getting a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning they allowed the Thunder to score six unanswered runs for a 6-2 lead. Though New Hampshire scored three times in the bottom of the 7th inning to draw within a run at 7-6, Andury Acevedo entered with a runner in scoring position with one out and ended the inning without further damage. After a scoreless 8th inning from Acevedo as well, Mark Montgomery tossed a perfect 9th inning for his 9th save in as many chances for the Thunder.
Thunder catcher Gary Sanchez did not play in Monday’s morning game in Reading, but entered the series opener with New Hampshire having homered in three straight games. After walking and doubling earlier in the game, Sanchez blasted a solo homerun off Scott Barnes to left center field for his 12th of the season. Sanchez became the first Trenton Thunder player since Austin Jackson in June 2008 to homer in four straight games played. Sanchez is now one behind Binghamton’s Josh Rodriguez and New Britain’s Tom Murphy for first place in the Eastern League in homers.
The win puts Trenton at 10 games above .500 which matches the high water mark for the season. The Thunder have won 10 of the last 13 games and remains 2.0 games ahead of Reading for first place in the East Division standings while improving to 4.5 games ahead of the Wild Card spot.
The Thunder continue their three-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Trenton sends RHP Kyle Haynes (1-5, 3.36) to the mound against New Hampshire RHP Casey Lawrence (7-8, 5.14). Pre-game coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR, 1490 AM WBCB or online at www.trentonthunder.com.