Nashua's Nolan stars in Fishers' win, earns promotion to Triple-A
MANCHESTER — Nashua’s Kevin Nolan made his Double-A farewell — at least for now — a fond one.
He had a couple more hits and knocked in the winning run to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a crisp 3-0 win over the Trenton Thunder in front of 5,913 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday night.
Nolan got promoted after the game and is headed to Triple-A Buffalo today.
“He’s gone, he and Randy Booth both,” said Fisher Cat manager Bobby Meacham after the game. “They deserve it. They’re both playing very well.”
Nolan’s sixth-inning single knocked in the first and what proved to be winning run. He singled again in the eighth and scored New Hampshire’s third run.
The first hit ran Nolan’s hitting streak to 13 games, the best on the team this season.
“He’s been very consistent and very good for a long time now,” Meacham said.
Nolan, who had two doubles and three runs batted in the second game on Monday night, spent 10 days with the Bisons earlier in the season in his Triple-A debut.
The organization needed to move an infielder up again.
“The first words out of my mouth were, ‘They’ve got to take Nolan,’” Meacham said. “I think they were going to do that anyway.”
Right-hander Scott Copeland was outstanding and shut the Thunder down on three hits through his eight innings on Tuesday. He struck out four and walked one.
Copeland allowed just two baserunners after the second inning and neither reached second base.
He retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced.
Nolan’s single to right field in the sixth inning scored Jon Berti to put the Fisher Cats up 1-0. There were two outs when Berti walked and he went to second on an infield single by Andy Burns.
The Fisher Cats got some insurance in the bottom of the eighth on Sean Ochinko’s double. Ochinko knocked in Burns and Nolan, who both had singles.
Dalton Pompey had the only two Fisher Cat hits through the first five innings.
Aaron Sanchez, the opening day starting pitcher for the Fisher Cats this season, was called up to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He was 3-4 with 14 starts for the Fisher Cats before going up to Triple-A Buffalo. In 66 innings with New Hampshire, he allowed 52 hits and struck out 57.