In the series opener in Trenton on Friday night, the Fisher Cats fell to their Eastern Division rivals, the Yankees affiliate Thunder.
Righty starter BJ LaMura took the loss for New Hampshire, going 5 innings and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out 6 and walking 2 batters.
Trenton seemed to be primed to really blow out the Cats early, when they sent 8 batters to the plate in the first inning. A lead-off walk to left fielder Austin Krum to start the game and a double by catcher Austin Romine set up an RBI single for Corban Joseph, Trenton's second baseman. A bases loaded walk to shortstop Jose Pirela gave Trenton a 2-0 lead.
LaMura settled down in the 2nd, putting up a 1-2-3 inning. In the 3rd, Romine scored on a Joseph sacrifice fly after an error by NH third baseman Mark Sobolewski put Romine in position to do so. Trenton went up 3-0 at that point and it was all they would need.
Second baseman Craig Stansberry drove in two runs for the Fisher Cats, including one on a solo homer, a shot to deep left field that exited Waterfront Park.
Right-hander Clint Everts struggled in 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing 3 earned runs in the bottom of the 7th inning.
The final score on Friday saw Trenton defeat New Hampshire by a 6-2 margin.
The 30-year-old LaMura spoke with 1BlueJaysWay.com's Jay Floyd after the game. Check out the media player below to listen to that interview.
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