Fisher Cats, Trenton split one-run contests
Andy Burns and Brad Glenn each hit a solo homer and A.J. Jimenez drove in two runs to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 4-3 Eastern League victory against the Trenton Thunder Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader. The Thunder gained the split, winning the nightcap, 2-1. Tony Davis notched the save and Scott Copeland (2-3), in relief of starter Matt Boyd, notched the first game win for New Hampshire (12-13).
In four innings, Boyd, who was making his Double-A debut, allowed five hits and two earned runs on 90 pitches, 59 for strikes. He walked one and fanned four. Copeland, in 1-1/3-innings, allowed two hits and one run. He walked three and whiffed one. Davis got the final five outs for his first season save.
New Hampshire spotted Trenton a 2-0 lead before battling back. Burns hit his second season homer in the third inning to start the comeback. Glenn started a three-run, fourth inning rally with his fifth season homer to center field. Nashua’s Kevin Nolan kept the inning alive with a one-out single and advanced to second on a basehit by Brian Van Kirk.
After Jonathan Jones reached on a force-out, leaving runners on the corners, Burns walked to load the bases for Jimenez who drilled a liner to left plating Nolan and Jones.
In the nightcap loss, New Hampshire scored its lone run off the bat of Mike Crouse, who launched his first season homer in the second inning to right centerfield. New Hampshire starter Shawn Hill (0-1) went the distance in defeat. He allowed four hits, two runs, walked one and fanned two on 99 pitches. Taylor Dugas and Dan Fiorito each had an RBI in the fifth inning for 17-10 Trenton.