Fisher Cats lose
Trenton pitching shuts down Fisher Cats
MANCHESTER — The Trenton Thunder used four pitchers Tuesday night, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats didn’t have much success against any of them.
The Fisher Cats were limited to eight hits and their losing streak reached three games with a 4-2 loss to the Thunder, the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate.
The Fisher Cats collected two hits and failed to score against Trenton starter Manny Banuelos, who was on a pitch count and was removed after three innings. Reliever Joel De La Cruz surrendered two runs on five hits in 4-2/3 innings before Pat Venditte (one batter) and Branden Pinder (one inning) shut out the Fisher Cats the rest of the way.
De La Cruz earned the win and Pinder picked up the save.
The game featured two solo home runs, one by Trenton right fielder Yeral Sanchez and one by New Hampshire right fielder Brad Glenn.
Trenton, which beat New Hampshire 2-1 on Monday, raised its Eastern League record to 16-9. Center fielder Michael Crouse had three hits for the Fisher Cats, who slipped to 11-12. Crouse has at least one hit in seven of his last eight games.
New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire (3-2 ) took the loss. McGuire allowed four runs (all earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three batters and struck out one. Trenton failed to score against New Hampshire relievers John Anderson (one hit allowed in two innings) and Randy Boone (one hits in 1 2/3 innings).
The Fisher Cats trailed 3-0 until Glenn hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. It was his team-high fourth home run of the season.
Trenton scored a run in the first, a run in the second, a run in the fourth and one in the sixth. Catcher Gary Sanchez collected two of Trenton’s 11 hits. Baseball America has Sanchez ranked at the No. 1 prospect in the New York Yankees’ organization. Trenton also received three hits from first baseman Kyle Roller.
The Fisher Cats stranded two runners in the sixth inning, and two more in the seventh.
New Hampshire is scheduled to play the third game of its four-game series against Trenton today at 5:35 p.m.