By Spenser Smith / Trenton Thunder | April 9, 2018 10:35 PM ET
After keeping the score close in the early innings, the Thunder pitching staff could not contain the bats of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who stole the series opener, 11-1, on Monday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led the Fisher Cats with six RBI, including an eighth-inning solo home run and a two-run double in the ninth, and Bo Bichette collected three hits.
Both starting pitchers labored in the first inning. Brian Keller labored for the Thunder in the top of the first as New Hampshire opened the scoring on a sacrifice fly to left field by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but Trenton tied the score in the bottom half on a Bruce Caldwell sacrifice fly to center.
Keller, however, allowed two sacrifice flies in the third to hand the Fisher Cats a permanent lead. The right-hander surrendered three more runs in the fifth before yielding to reliever Stephen Tarpley with two outs. Tarpley and Jose Mesa Jr. allowed a combined five runs (three earned) in relief for the Thunder.
Gosuke Katoh recorded two hits in the game and scored the Thunder's only run on the Caldwell sacrifice fly, after having led off the first inning with a single to extend his team-best hitting streak to five games.
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