Schmidt, Bullpen Baffle 'Cats in Combined Shutout

By Spenser Smith / Trenton Thunder | August 21, 2019 4:37 PM

Clarke Schmidt fired six and two-thirds scoreless innings for the Thunder in his Double-A home debut in a 4-0 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday afternoon at ARM & HAMMER Park.

The win was the Thunder's 13th shutout of the season, tied for third-most in the Eastern League, and helped the team avoid its first home sweep of the season.

Schmidt (1-0) matched a career-high with nine strikeouts in the game while walking none. After allowing a double to Vinny Capra to lead off the game, Schmidt retired 17 batters in a row before allowing a two-out infield single to Capra in the sixth.

In the seventh, the right-hander dropped a throw from first baseman Brandon Wagner while covering first on a grounder, allowing Christian Williams to reach safely. Will Carter entered in relief, however, and induced an inning-ending flyout before proceeding to toss a scoreless eighth.

Braden Bristo pitched the ninth for the Thunder (31-30, 69-58), allowing a leadoff walk and a one-out single before getting Williams to ground into a game-ending double play.

Spot starter Justin Dillon (5-3) took the loss for New Hampshire (27-34, 58-70), pitching four innings and allowing the game's first two runs via wild pitches with a runner on third base in both the third and fourth innings.

Max Burt added an insurance run by narrowly beating out a two-out infield single with the bases loaded in the sixth, and a throwing error by Fisher Cats first baseman Williams in the seventh yielded the final Thunder tally.

Kyle Holder went 0-for-2 with a walk for the Thunder, ending his hitting streak at 10 games, one game shy of matching his season-high.

Your Thunder travel to Portland, Maine and open a four-game series with the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Thunder have yet to announce their starting pitcher, while LHP Daniel McGrath (6-0, 1.35) will go for Portland. Pregame coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on 920 AM The Jersey or online at

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