The New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped the fifth game out of their last six in a 7-6 extra innings loss to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Sunday afternoon.
At first, it looked like the Fisher Cats were set to reverse the trend, tagging Binghamton starter P.J. Conlon for three consecutive to start the game, scoring two runs and responding to a Binghamton run in the top of the first with three more in the second thanks to a Ryan McBroom home run.
The Rumble Ponies brought the game back within a run with a pair of one-run innings in the third and fourth, and despite another New Hampshire run in the fifth, Binghamton provided another one-run inning in the sixth to keep the game within reach.
They finally tied the game with one out in the ninth thanks to Champ Stuart’s second homer of the year. That set the stage with a game-winning bases loaded walk-off single from Luis Guillorme in the 11th to seal the Rumble Ponies’ victory.
Connor Greene pitched 5 2/3 innings for New Hampshire, scattering six hits and striking out seven in the no-decision.
The Fisher Cats recorded 14 hits altogether on the day, with two-hit days from Jonathan Davis and J.C Cardenas and three-hit days from Tim Lopes and Reese McGuire.
Not to be outdone, Stuart recorded two hits for Binghamton, as did David Thompson, and Guillorme did even better, going 4-for-5 from the plate.
The Fisher Cats will get another chance at the Rumble Ponies on Thursday with a five-game series back in Manchester, but first they will head to Reading for a three-game series with the Reading Fightin’ Phils, the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
In the first game of the series, Francisco Rios (2-1, 3.31 ERA) will go for New Hampshire while Brandon Leibrandt (2-0, 1.69 ERA) gets the ball for Reading. First pitch is expected at 6:35 p.m.