MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats split a doubleheader against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday night, keeping them a game behind the Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League Eastern Division standings.
Both teams stuck early in the first game, with Binghamton getting their first run off a Jeff McNeil RBI single and the Fisher Cats responding half an inning later as Jonathan Davis came across the plate on a wild pitch.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was close to giving New Hampshire the lead in the first, but instead found himself out at home heading from second on Cavan Biggio’s single. After those early runs, the game deadlocked a until a single from Guerrero brought Davis home again in the fifth.
In the sixth, McNeil recorded his 11th home run of the year and his sixth home run of the year against the Fisher Cats. However, the Ponies would leave two men stranded following McNeil’s blast to right.
Neither team would be unable to break the deadlock until Max Pentecost’s walk-off bloop single brought Biggio home in the eighth.
New Hampshire reached double digits in the hit column for the 17th time this season in the first half of the doubleheader. Davis, Guerrero and Andrew Guillotte each recorded two hits, with Biggio reaching base on three of four at-bats.
New Hampshire hurler Sean Reid-Foley kept his perfect record intact but couldn’t add to it, leaving after six innings with a no decision. Instead, Kirby Snead (1-0) earned his first Double-A victory. With his two scoreless innings, Snead has now not allowed an earned run in 11 appearances against Eastern League and Florida State League batters, dating back to April 12 against Palm Beach.
Corey Taylor (0-1) earned his first loss in three Eastern League appearances this season
In the second game, Binghamton would score first again, with Patrick Mazeika’s double setting the stage for two runs in the fourth.
New Hampshire only needed one swing of the bat to take the lead in the fifth, courtesy of a Harold Ramirez double.
That double brought home Bichette, Guerrero and Pentecost, but Ramirez would only get as far as third before the Ponies retired the side, getting the lead back half an inning later.
There, Binghamton notched four more runs, the first coming off Matt Oberste’s RBI single and the rest coming off Nick Sergakis’ home run landing on the Hilton Garden Inn patio beyond the left centerfield fence.
On the mound, Joshua Torres (3-0) got the win for the Ponies, earning his second win this week. T.J. Zeuch (0-2) was saddled with the loss for New Hampshire. Eric Hanhold finished off the Fisher Cats in the seventh to obtain his fifth save of the year.
The two teams return at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, with Nick Tepesch (1-2, 5.26 ERA) scheduled against Binghamton’s Mickey Jannis (3-1, 5.33 ERA).