Fisher Cats end slide against Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. — Jon Berti hit a two-run home run and had two hits, and Jordan Romano allowed just three hits over 5-2/3 innings as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats topped the Trenton Thunder 12-1 on Sunday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Fisher Cats and a three-game winning streak for the Thunder.

Romano (11-7) allowed one run while striking out six and walking one to pick up the win.

New Hampshire started the scoring in the second inning when Max Pentecost hit a solo home run.

After New Hampshire added three runs in the fifth, the Thunder cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Brandon Wagner hit an RBI double, scoring Ryan Lidge.

The Fisher Cats later added a run in the eighth and seven in the ninth to finish off the blowout.

Ryan Bollinger (7-5) went five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits while striking out seven in the Eastern League game.

Wild walk-offs

On Saturday, the improbable happened – Trenton swept the doubleheader with two walk-off walks.

In Game 1, after a scoreless four innings, the Fisher Cats got a solo home run from Jon Berti to make it 1-0 in the fifth. The lead didn’t last long; former Fisher Cat Jorge Saez launched a two-run dinger to left field in the bottom of the inning to put the Thunder up 2-1.

New Hampshire tied it in the top of the seventh after Berti singled with two outs and Connor Panas doubled him home.

In extras, the teams traded single runs in the eighth and the ‘Cats got one in the ninth, but after a Saez single brought home the placed runner to tie it in the home half, Trenton loaded the bases for Bruce Caldwell, who was issued a four-pitch walk to score the winning run in a 5-4 Thunder triumph.

The second game ended just like the first. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 7th, the Fisher Cats walked the lead-off batter, hit the next guy, saw both runners advance on a sac bunt then intentionally walked the following batter to load the bases with one out.

Wendell Rijo didn’t have to do anything other than watch four wide ones pass to bring home the final run of the night as the Fisher Cats lost 3-2.