F-Cats power through poor weather for win

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MANCHESTER, NH –  Is it snow? Is it rain? Whatever the precipitation was on Thursday morning at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats can call their game a win.

The Fisher Cats defeated the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 5-2 in front of an early matinee crowd of just over 5,000 baseball fans and local school children.

New Hampshire struck in the first thanks to a bit of poor fielding by the Ponies. Following a leadoff single by Andrew Guillotte, a poor pickoff attempt by Binghamton starting pitcher Andrew Church send Guillotte from first to third.

Cavan Biggio’s sacrifice fly on Church’s next pitch was enough to bring Guillotte home, giving Biggio his seventh RBI of the season.

Binghamton would tie up the contest in the fourth, but in a repeat of Wednesday night’s contest, the Fisher Cats responded quickly to Binghamton usurping their lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, the ‘Cats led off the inning with three straight singles from Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Loudes Gurriel Jr. and Max Pentecost, with Guerrero coming home on Pentecost’s single and Gurriel later coming home on a fielder’s choice that stopped Gurriel at third.

New Hampshire added a pair of insurance runs off a Gurriel home run in the eighth, enough to withstand a late Pony rally in the ninth that provided the final run for either team.

Thursday’s game was the first time since Saturday that the Fisher Cats did not tally more ten or more hits.  Granted, they came just short of that goal, outhitting the Rumble Ponies 9-4, with Gurriel, Guerrero and Pentecost each going 2-for-4 on the day.

Jordan Romano (2-0) was masterful on the mound for New Hampshire, allowing just two hits in seven innings of work, walking three and striking out four.

Church (0-2) also left after seven, giving up six hits while striking out four Fisher Cats.

After a 62-minute delay, the Fisher Cats needed just two hours to complete the victory, concluded with an infield popup by Binghamton’s Levi Michael.

Zach Jackson recorded that out after just two pitches, earning his first save of the year.

The win gives the Fisher Cats a winning record for their first homestand of the season and keeps New Hampshire atop the Eastern League Eastern Division, 2.5 games ahead of Trenton.

New Hampshire now heads to Reading to face the Fightin’ Phils on Friday. Nick Tepesch (1-1, 5.23 ERA) will seek to rebound against last Friday’s loss against Hartford as he faces off against Reading’s Franklyn Kilome (0-0, 3.86 ERA).