TRENTON, NJ- Brian Van Kirk had two hits and Tommy Manzella doubled in two runs for the Fisher Cats, but Trenton earned a split of the four game series in New Jersey with an 8-2 win over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon.
Trenton took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Roller walked, moved to third on a double by Andrew Clark, and scored on a single by Carmen Angelini.
The Thunder extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Angelini walked, moved to second on a single by Mikeson Oliberto and scored on a double by Ramon Flores to make it 2-0. Reegie Corona followed with a two-run single to put Trenton in front 4-0.
New Hampshire starter Marcus Walden (6-10) left after five innings of five-hit ball. He allowed four runs, walked three and matched a career-best with seven strikeouts.
The Fisher Cats (51-48) cut the lead in the top of the seventh inning when four consecutive batters reached against winning pitcher, reliever Jeremy Bleich (1-1). Kevin Nolan and Ryan Schimpf walked and Jack Murphy singled to load the bases. Manzella doubled down the left field line to make it 4-2, but Bleich came back to record back-to-back strikeouts to secure the lead for the Thunder (50-50).
Trenton responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break the game open, sending nine to the plate. Andrew Clark knocked in a run with his third double of the game.
The Fisher Cats return home on Monday night for the start a seven-game homestand against Harrisburg and Altoona. Kids get in free for the opener thanks to Hannaford Supermarkets. The rest of the homestand features three giveaways and Atlas Fireworks shows. Tickets are available at www.nhfishercats.com, at the Fisher Cats ticket office, and by calling (603) 641-2005.
New Hampshire's scheduled starter on Monday night is RHP Ryan Tepera (8-6, 3.91). He will be opposed by Senators RHP Taylor Hill (2-3, 1.64). Live coverage with Tom Gauthier and Chris Shuker begins at 6:45pm on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and online at www.nhfishercats.com.