Trenton, NJ - A ninth inning rally came up just short Thursday afternoon, as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (6-7) fell to the Trenton Thunder (8-6) 5-4 in the series finale at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Trenton took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Jonathan Davis cut their lead in half in the third. The Camden, Arkansas product hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot that made it 2-1.
A three-run bottom of the fourth proved to be the difference in the game. Trenton loaded the bases with one out, and all three runners came around to score on one odd play that included two throwing errors and a collision at the plate.
After the Fisher Cats scored a run in the sixth, they trailed 5-2 entering the top of the ninth. Emilio Guerrero started the rally with a single then advanced to second after Gunnar Heidt reached on a fielding error. Raffy Lopez lined a base hit to right that scored Guerrero, and Roemon Fields singled home Heidt two batters later to cut the Thunder lead to one. Tim Lopes - who had two hits in the ballgame, including his first triple of 2017 - battled in the final at-bat but could only muster a groundout to end the game and give Trenton the 5-4 victory.
Despite the loss, New Hampshire heads home after a winning road trip in which they won four of their first seven games away from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. They start their second homestand of the season on Friday night under the lights in Manchester, as the Hartford Yard Goats come to town for the first of three over the weekend.
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