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Thunder take two from Fisher Cats
In the nightcap, Mason Williams, O’Brien and Tyson Blaser each had three hits for Trenton (48-55).
Matt Newman doubled home Pompey and Nashua native Kevin Nolan doubled home Berti and Newman for the early lead.
New Hampshire regained a 5-4 edge on consecutive RBI doubles from Newman and Nolan in the home second. Blaser tied the game for Trenton with an RBI double in the third inning and the Thunder took the lead in the fifth inning when Jose Toussen walked with the bases loaded, plating Tyler Austin, who had a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to pad the lead to 7-5. Blaser added an RBI hit for good measure to complete the scoring.
New Hampshire starter Richard Bleier allowed five runs and eight hits in three innings. He didn’t get the decision. The loss was pinned on Blake McFarland (0-2).
He got relief help from Diego Moreno to close it out in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Thunder jumped on top on a two-run home run to left center field by catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees’ top prospect. Sanchez knocked in Ben Gamel, who had singled to center.
Berti led off with a double and, after a ground out, shortstop Nolan scored him with a single. The hit extended Nolan’s hitting streak to 11 games.
Ali Castillo walked with one out in the fifth. Anderson picked him off first base, but the pitcher then threw the ball way in a rundown and Castillo hustled all the way to an uncovered third base.
O’Brien led off the sixth inning with a double to left field.
He advanced to third on Austin’s fly out to right field and then scored when first baseman K.C. Hobson bobbled the ball for an error before throwing home.
Nolan reached on an error on second baseman Casey Stevenson to open the inning. Andy Burns followed with a single to left field to put runners on first and second .
Anderson allowed seven hits in his five and a third innings, struck out four and walked two.