Fisher Cats end road trip on losing note
TRENTON, N.J. - It all started so well. A lead-off triple by Kevin Pillar, immediately followed by an RBI single by John Tolisano. Four scoreless innings from starting pitcher Deck McGuire.
In the end though, the finale to their seven-game road trip ended the way most Fisher Cats games have ended this season: in defeat.
New Hampshire didn't manage another hit after Tolisano's single, and Trenton touched McGuire for two runs in the fifth inning as the Yankees affiliate rallied for a 2-1 victory in a morning matinee before 5,306 at Arm & Hammer Park.
At 12-16, the Fisher Cats return home tonight still mired in last place in the Eastern League's Easter Division, but help may be on the way. Their opponent this weekend is next-to-last-place Reading (12-13), which arrives in New Hampshire riding a three-game losing streak.
Tyson Brummett (0-2, 5.00) starts for the Fishers in Friday's 6:35 p.m. series-opener against the Fightin' Phils' David Buchanan (1-3, 4.91). An Atlas Fireworks Show presented by Hyundai will follow the contest.
New Hampshire has yet to name a starter for Saturday's 5:35 p.m. game, which left-hander Jesse Biddle (2-1, 1.74) will start for Reading. Sunday's 1:35 p.m. series finale pits New Hampshire's most effective starter this season, right-hander Ryan Tepera, against Reading righty Seth Rosin (1-1, 3.60).
New Britain, the Twins' Double-A affiliate, then comes in for a three-game series to conclude the homestand.
Trenton's victory on Thursday enabled the Thunder to stay within two games of first-place Portland, the Red Sox' Double-A affiliate and owner of the Eastern League's best record (16-9).
Trenton erased its early deficit by putting together three consecutive two-out hits against McGuire (1-3) in the bottom of the fifth inning. Casey Stevenson singled ahead of back-to-back doubles by Nick McCoy and Ramon Flores as the Thunder gained the 2-1 lead.
McGuire allowed the two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out six. Tommy Hottovy worked two scoreless innings, getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the eighth inning without allowing a run.
Nik Turley (3-1) allowed one run in six innings for Trenton. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out eight.
Tommy Kahnle worked two scoreless innings in relief, and Branden Pinder retired the side in order in the ninth for his third save.