Thames plates six for Fisher Cats

Blue Jays prospect homers, singles twice on career night

Eric Thames is hitting .440 with 14 RBIs over his last 12 games. (Kevin Pataky/

By Special to | July 3, 2010 8:14 PM ET

Eric Thames homered, singled twice and drove in a career-high six runs Saturday to power the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 15-7 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats.

After Darin Mastroianni walked and Adeiny Hechavarria reached on an error in the first inning, Thames gave New Hampshire a 3-1 lead with his 14th homer.

The 2008 seventh-round Draft pick walked and grounded out before singling home Mastroianni in the sixth to snap a 7-7 deadlock.

The Fisher Cats broke the game open in the seventh, with Thames delivering a two-run single. He ended up scoring with Hechavarria on Shawn Bowman's 13th homer.

Thames' previous best was five RBIs on May 1, when he homered twice in a 10-9 triumph over Reading. The club record for RBIs in a game is eight, set by Brian Dopirak on May 8, 2009.

Over his last 12 games, Thames is hitting .440 (22-for-50) with 14 RBIs and 10 runs scored. That stretch has hiked the Eastern League All-Star's batting average to .286 with 61 RBIs, a total that ranks second in the circuit.

Mastroianni and Hechavarria scored four times apiece for New Hampshire.

Fisher Cats starter Rey Gonzalez surrendered six runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over five innings. Danny Farquhar (2-2) fanned three and yielded a run on one hit in three frames for the win.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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