Trenton power decks Fisher Cats
TRENTON, N.J. - Zoilo Almonte, Rob Lyerly and Melky Mesa hit consecutive home runs in the third inning as the Trenton Thunder clubbed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 11-2, Saturday at Waterfront Park.
Despite the loss, the Fisher Cats won the three-game series and now take a 2-1 record into the first off-day of the season on Easter Sunday.
New Hampshire's Mike McDade continued his strong start to the season, picking up his team-leading third RBI on a sacrifice fly that scored Kevin Howard to give the Fishers a 1-0 lead in the first.
Trenton equalized in the bottom of the frame and took a 3-1 lead in the second, sparked by a Cody Johnson leadoff homer.
Brad Glenn singled home a run in the third for New Hampshire, but the roof caved in the next half-inning. Starter Deck McGuire (0-1) surrendered the three straight homers on six pitched home runs to put the Thunder up 6-2 after three. McGuire allowed one more homer run before leaving after five innings. The right-hander allowed eight earned runs on 11 hits, both career highs. He gave up five home runs, tying the club record.
Brett Marshall (1-2) earned the win for the Thunder, keeping New Hampshire's bats quiet over five strong innings. The righty allowed two hits and two runs, walking three with one strikeout.
After McGuire left, the Thunder continued to pad their lead with two more home runs against Ryan Tepera. The seven homers set the single-game record allowed by the Fisher Cats, besting the mark of five set by Portland in 2007.
The Fisher Cats will now enjoy their first off-day of the year Easter Sunday before a three-game series with the Reading Phillies in Pennsylvania starting Monday night at 6:35. Former Fisher Cat Brett Cecil will start for New Hampshire, opposed by Reading righty Julio Rodriguez.
The Fisher Cats return home to Northeast Delta Dental for Opening Day on Thursday against the New Britain Rock Cats at 6:35 p.m.