Espinal grand slam caps comfortable F-Cat victory

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Santiago Espinal (promotional photo)

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats leave upstate New York with a series win against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, winning 10-4 on Wednesday night.

Unlike several recent games, the Fisher Cats did not score in the first inning, but they did score first once again, putting four runs across the board in a third inning that saw nine men come to the plate.

Binghamton clawed back a run in the bottom of the third off an RBI double from Andres Gimenez and they’d tie up the game on a two-out rally an inning later.

Ryan Hissey gave New Hampshire back the lead in the sixth, making it home after a passed ball, putting New Hampshire starting pitcher Zach Logue into position for the win.

Logue left with one out in the bottom of the sixth after allowing a pair of singles, but Jackson McClelland ultimately retired the side, with Bryan Baker and Francisco Rios shutting down the ‘Ponies for the remainder of the evening.

Just to be safe, the Fisher Cats exploded for five more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a Santiago Espinal grand slam to left.

Before he left, Logue (1-0) allowed eight hits and a pair of walks, striking out three. Meanwhile, the loss went to David Peterson (0-1), allowing five runs, two of them earned, over his 5 1/3 inning appearance.

Despite the final score, Binghamton outhit the Fisher Cats, 10-7, with every Rumble Pony except Sam Haggerty getting at least one hit, with Haggerty walking twice.

For New Hampshire, every hit except for one was collected by Espinal, Hissey and Kacy Clemens, with Espinal ending with two more RBI on top of the four from his grand slam.

The Fisher Cats now return to New Hampshire for a three-game set against the Hartford Yard Goats. Yennsy Diaz (1-1, 4.91 ERA) takes the mound for New Hampshire against Hartford’s Rico Garcia (0-0, 4.50 ERA). All three games in the series begin at 6:35 p.m.