Fisher Cats Leave Bases Loaded to Finish Binghamton Loss

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The New Hampshire Fisher Cats began their three-game road set against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies with a 6-4 defeat on Thursday evening.

Both teams traded the lead early on, with Lourdes Gurriel singling home Harold Ramirez in the fifth give the edge toward the visitors.

That lead wouldn’t last long either though, with Binghamton putting four runs on the board in the sixth, three of which came off Matt Oberste’s blast over the left center field fence.

An Emilio Guerrero home run in the eighth gave New Hampshire one run back, but that’s all the Fisher Cats would grab, leaving the bases loaded in the ninth.

Binghamton starting pitcher Robert Gsellman left after just two outs, with the decision instead going to Casey Delagdo, who steadied the Ponies until the end of the seventh.

Delgado (7-5) allowed two runs, one of them earned, off seven hits and a walk, striking out one. Despite the precarious ninth inning, Corey Taylor earned his fifth hold of the year with Cory Burns getting his 14th save of the year by recording the final out.

Conner Greene avoided his third loss in a row, with the defeat instead going to Kender Villegas, with Villegas returning from Advanced-A Dunedin on Wednesday yet another time.

Villegas (1-3) took over in the sixth after Greene’s first five innings of work, getting three outs before leaving the contest. Griffin Glaude pitched two perfect innings in relief of Villegas to mark his Fisher Cats debut.

New Hampshire outhit Binghamton 13-5, with Tim Lopes and Ramirez leading the way with 3-for-5 days. Gurriel ended the day 2-for-3 with a walk and Matt Dean also finished with two hits.

Oberste was the only Rumble Pony with more than one hit.

The two teams return for the second game of the series at 7:05 on Friday night. Ryan Borucki (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is New Hampshire’s choice against Binghamton southpaw P.J. Conlon (7-7, 3.68 ERA).

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.