Trenton’s 11-run inning foils Fisher Cats
A grand slam by prospect Gary Sanchez highlighted an 11-run fourth inning uprising to lead the Trenton Thunder past the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 11-5 in an Eastern League contest Sunday at Arm & Hammer Park in New Jersey.
The Fisher Cats split their season-opening, four-game series against the Thunder.
New Hampshire took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Ryan Schimpf drilled a two-run double and scored on a throwing error.
Trenton responded by sending 14 batters to the plate for 11 runs. In that frame, Trenton had seven hits and took advantage of three walks, an error and one wild pitch.
Sanchez, an outfielder, entered the 2013 season ranked first among Yankees prospects by MLB.com. The Yankees signed him as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2009. Last season, in 94 games in the Florida State League, he batted .254 with 13 homers and 61 RBIs. He played 23 games with the Thunder last season, batting .250 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
Rob Segedin added a two-run homer in that fourth-inning uprising.
The Fisher Cats scored their final two runs in the seventh inning. Peter Mooney singled home a run and Jonathan Jones scored on a wild pitch.
New Hampshire starter Scott Copeland (0-1) got hammered for seven hits and eight runs in 3 1/3-innings. Joel De La Cruz (1-0) hurled 6 1/3-innings for the mound win, allowing four hits and five runs.
The Fisher Cats open a three-game series today in Reading, Pa. Right-hander Casey Lawrence makes his season debut against the Fightin Phils.