Lopez and Kirwer homers not enough for ‘Cats

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Otto Lopez. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Despite home runs from Otto Lopez and Tanner Kirwer, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t find a win in their series opener against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Tuesday, falling 3-2.

Lopez’ homer tied things up in the fourth after a wild pitch by Fisher Cat Starting Pitcher Johnny Barbato allowed Jake Magnum to cross the plate in the first.

Magnum played a role in the Rumble Ponies’ second run, reaching on a fielding error in the fifth by Fisher Cat Shortstop Austin Martin while Matt Winaker crossed the plate. A Nick Meyer single brought home Manny Rodriguez later in the inning for Binghamton’s third and final run.

Kirwer finished the scoreline with a home run in the seventh.

Chavez Young finished the night 2-for-4, with five other Fisher Cats each collecting a hit. Barbato (0-2) gave up one earned run and recorded two unearned runs, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out nine batters in six innings of work.

Eric Orze (1-0) earned the win in relief, with his lone blemish coming from Kirwer’s blast. Overall, Orze tossed 2.2 innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out three.

Ryley Gilliam earned the save for the Rumble Ponies with two perfect innings.

The Fisher Cats continue their series in Binghamton on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. New Hampshire right-hander Elvis Luciano (0-0, 2.42 ERA) takes the hill against Binghamton righty Adam Oller (2-3, 5.52 ERA).

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

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.