MANCHESTER, N.H. — A three-run third inning was enough for New Hampshire’s offense in Friday night’s 4-1 victory over the Trenton Thunder at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Eric Wooten made his first start of the season for the Thunder after five appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin the year, and allowed four runs over five innings of work. Wooten, who had been 1-3 with the RailRiders before being transferred to the Thunder active roster Thursday, allowed four consecutive batters to reach in a three-run 3rd inning that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Trenton scored a run in the top of the 5th inning to draw back to within a run, but Jake Fox’s fifth homer of the season extended the lead back to three runs for the Fisher Cats.
Two Thunder players made their Double-A debuts in the ballgame, with Matt Snyder getting the start at first base and Chris Smith pitching a scoreless 7th and 8th innings out of the bullpen. Snyder, who was added to the roster prior to the game when Greg Bird (right shoulder) was placed on the Disabled List, singled in the top of the 5th inning for his first Double-A hit which came on the 12th pitch of the at-bat. Later in the inning, Snyder scored the lone run of the game when Jose Rosario singled through the hole on the left side of the infield to trim the deficit to 3-1.
Trenton now drops to 5-9 on the road and have dropped 9 of the team’s last 11 road games. Additionally, the Thunder continue a trend in which one large inning hurts the pitching staff. In the team’s last 12 losses, an opponent has had an inning with 3+ runs in 11 of them.
The Thunder and New Hampshire Fisher Cats get back to action Saturday with a 5:35 p.m. scheduled first pitch for Game 2 of the three-game series. Coverage begins at 5:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com.