Ramirez' four hits propel Fisher CatsBy ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 16. 2018 10:07PM
MANCHESTER — Harold Ramirez began the week ranked fifth among Eastern League hitters with a .304 batting average. He moved closer to the No. 1 spot in that category by collecting four hits Monday night to help the Fisher Cats defeat the Trenton Thunder, 4-2, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Ramirez picked up his fourth hit, a double, in the bottom the seventh. It was his 21st double of the season and scored Jon Berti to break a 2-2 tie. Earlier in the inning, Berti’s single drove in first baseman Juan Kelly with the game-tying run.
The Fisher Cats added an insurance run in the eighth when Dalton Pompey walked with the bases loaded.
Ramirez, an outfielder who was in the lineup as New Hampshire’s designated hitter, also had an RBI single in the first inning. Berti also scored on that hit.
New Hampshire (52-40) reliever Travis Bergen loaded the bases in the ninth on two hits and a walk before he recorded back-to-back strikeouts and retired third baseman Mandy Alvarez on a fly ball to right field.
The game featured the top two teams in Eastern’s League’s Eastern Division. The victory moved the Fisher Cats 1½ games ahead of Trenton (51-42) in the Eastern Division’s standings.
Both starting pitchers, New Hampshire’s Jordan Romano and Trenton’s Domingo Acevedo, exited the mound with two outs in the seventh. Acevedo, the No. 7 prospect in the Yankee’s organization, allowed three runs on five hits and took the loss. Romano surrendered two runs on five hits, struck out four and walked one.
Kirby Snead (3-3) earned the win by pitching a scoreless eighth.
Trenton scored both of its runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by center fielder Jeff Hendrix that scored Billy Fleming and Kyle Holder.
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Pompey batted in the leadoff spot for the Fisher Cats. It was his first home game in a New Hampshire uniform since 2015. Pompey played in five games with Toronto this season before he was sent to Triple-A Buffalo, where he hit .275 in 18 games before being placed on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb. … The Fisher Cats and Thunder will play three games in the next two days, including two games today. Today’s first game, the completion of a game that was suspended on April 29, is scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m. The game will resume with the Fisher Cats batting in the bottom of the third inning and Trenton leading, 3-0. ... Monday’s announced attendance was 3,790.