Not a good day for the Thunder, who entered the bottom of the 8th with a 3-1 lead and proceeded to allow New Hampshire to score three runs, including two in the ninth, to walk away with the victory this afternoon. Brett Marshall pitched a pretty good game in his start, lasting 7.2 innings and holding the Fisher Cats to four hits with six strikeouts and no walks, but two of those hits were solo home runs, and he exited with one out remaining to go in the 8th and a 3-2 lead. Francisco Rondon entered the game in relief and promptly walked the first batter he faced, leading to his being removed for Ryan Flannery, who got the Thunder out of the inning with the lead intact. Flannery had less luck in the ninth, however, failing to record a single out before the Fisher Cats scored the winning run. A walk, fielding error, and bunt single to the first three New Hampshire hitters certainly didn’t help matters any.
Another rough offensive day for Tampa, who were held to three hits for the third consecutive game, finally being shut out by the score of 3-0. Golly, that’s a lot of unpleasant threes for one game, ain’t it?
On the bright side of things, the pitching wasn’t terrible. Jose Ramirez went six innings in the start, allowing the three runs on seven hits (two home runs) and one walk with four strikeouts. Rigoberto Arrebato pitched two perfect innings in relief with three strikeouts. Ramon Flores, J.R. Murphy, and Jose Mojica got the three hits for Tampa, who didn’t work a single walk either.
Things started out well enough for the Riverdogs as, following a Mason Williams fly out to lead offf the game, Cito Culver hit his second triple in as many days and Dante Bichette walked in front of yet another Tyler Austin home run, his ninth of the season. That would last only to the third inning, however, when Hickory hung a 3-spot of their own on Riverdogs’ starter Caleb Cotham, the first of 12 unanswered runs Hickory would score in the evening.
The Riverdogs got six hits in the the game, including the aforementioned two from Culver and Austin, the only times they would reach base on the day. Dante Bichette went 1-3 with a single and that first inning walk, and Benjamin Gamel also went 1-3 with a walk. Gary Sanchez had the only multi-hit game of the day for Charleston, going 2-4 with his ninth double of the year. Cotham struck out four batters to zero walks, but allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned) in his four innings of work. He exited with only a one run deficit, but Brett Gerritse and Zachary Varce combined to allow eight runs, all earned, in their four innings of relief work.