A 10-5 win clinches series heading into finale on Sunday
MANCHESTER, NH – K.C. Hobson set a personal record and tied the franchise mark by registering five hits on Saturday night, leading the Fisher Cats to a 10-5 win over the Binghamton Mets at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Hobson had five of the team’s 20 hits as they pounded out 10 runs for the second straight day. The performance with the bats sets up an opportunity for the Fisher Cats to sweep the series with the Mets (8-8) on Sunday afternoon.
Hobson’s historic night began with the Fisher Cats (9-8) trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first. After Melky Mesa tripled, Hobson put together a lengthy at-bat before dropping a single to right field to tie the game at 1-1.
From there, the Fisher Cats had some opportunities, but couldn’t break the tie against Mets’ starter Luis Cessa (L; 1-1) until the fifth. That’s when Hobson stepped up for his third hit, a liner to right that plated Dwight Smith Jr. to give the Fisher Cats a 2-1 lead. Three batters later, with two outs in the inning, Hobson scored when Jack Murphy delivered a two-run single to right for a 4-1 advantage.
A five-run sixth put the game out of reach against reliever Jake Kuebler. The first two guys reached in the inning before Hobson stroked his fourth hit and picked up his third RBI with a knock to right-center. Jake Fox followed with an RBI single before Ryan Schimpf belted a three-run homer to give New Hampshire a 9-1 advantage.
With the hefty lead, Matt Boyd (W; 1-1) cruised to his first win of the season despite allowing his first earned runs. The southpaw went a season-high 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. The final two runs he allowed came in the seventh after the Fisher Cats had sent 18 combined hitters to the plate between the fifth and sixth innings. Boyd struck out six to raise his Eastern League-leading total to 30 on the year.
Hobson was joined offensively by every other Fisher Cats as all nine players had at least one hit, and seven of nine had multiple knocks. Murphy reached four times on a pair of singles and two walks. Schimpf had a double to go along with his third home run. Jon Berti, Mesa, and Fox each had two hits while Smith Jr. singled in the sixth to push his hitting streak to a league-best 13 games. The Fisher Cats had a base hit in every inning, and now have a hit in 13 straight frames going back to Friday night.
The Fisher Cats will now go for the sweep against the Mets on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat will be at the ballpark for one more day with a pre-game book reading, as well as a pre-game sing-along with Nini Bambini on the field. After the game, all kids can run the bases thanks to the Buyers Beware Campaign. To purchase tickets, visit www.nhfishercats.com.
The pitching match-up for the finale has righty Taylor Cole (0-1, 7.43) against Binghamton righty John Gant (0-1, 6.75). Radio coverage begins at 1:15 p.m. with Tom Gauthier and Bob Lipman on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and at www.nhfishercats.com.
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