MANCHESTER, N.H. – Vinny Capra’s RBI single in the tenth looked like would spark some extra-inning magic for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday night, but the magic failed to materialize, with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies taking away a 3-2 10-inning win.
Both teams struggled for offense during regulation, with New Hampshire’s only run before extras coming from a Logan Warmoth sacrifice fly in the fourth that brought Nash Knight across the plate.
Binghamton’s Barrett Barnes tied things up with a sacrifice fly of his own in the sixth, and there the score stood until the top of the tenth, when Patrick Mazeika’s line drive brought home a pair of runs, seemingly enough to withstand New Hampshire’s last set of at-bats.
While Capra’s hit helped put that assumption in doubt, Binghamton reliever Matt Blackham went on to retire the next two batters, squelching any chance of a New Hampshire comeback.
Blackham earned the win with his relief in the ninth and tenth, but his performance was overshadowed by the starting pitching on both sides.
Mickey Jannis lasted 5 1/3 innings starting for Binghamton, allowing five hits and one walk before making way while New Hampshire starter Zach Logue lasted seven innings, also scattering five hits before leaving the contest.
Knight led the way on both sides at the plate with a 3-for-4 night, his fourth three-hit night so far this season.
The Fisher Cats and Rumble Ponies conclude the series at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday. RHP Jon Harris is the scheduled starter for New Hampshire against Binghamton’s Tommy Wilson.