BINGHAMTON, NY – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats did all their scoring in the first inning and were undone late, losing 2-1 to the host Binghamton Mets in front of an announced crowd of 2,314 at NYSEG Stadium.
The Fisher Cats (12-10) had a three-game winning streak snapped despite a superb effort from starting pitcher Matt Boyd (ND), who tossed 5.1 shutout innings with three strikeouts while scattering four singles and walking none. The Mets (13-9) ran off their fifth consecutive victory, snagging two late runs to surpass the Fisher Cats.
New Hampshire got the scoring started in the top of the first, after a couple of strikeouts from Jon Berti and Dwight Smith began the inning. Ryan Schimpf shredded a fastball from Binghamton starter Gabriel Ynoa (W, 2-1) over the right-field fence for a solo homer. The round-tripper was Schimpf’s fifth of the season, good for the league lead, and it made it 1-0 in favor of the Fisher Cats.
Neither team would strike again until the bottom of the sixth inning. After Boyd departed with one out and the bases empty, reliever Cory Burns (L, 2-2) allowed a single to Josh Rodriguez, who moved up to second on a groundout by Aderlin Rodriguez. Dustin Lawley doubled home the runner, and would come in himself two batters later on a single by Gavin Cecchini to give Binghamton the final 2-1 advantage.
Burn s took the loss, coughing up two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings of work while fanning two. Greg Burke tossed a scoreless frame of relief with one strikeout for the Fisher Cats.
The Fisher Cats will try to get back in the win column Saturday afternoon, as they face the Mets again at1:05 P.M. at NYSEG Stadium. RHP Taylor Cole (0-2, 6.52) gets the ball for New Hampshire against Binghamton righty Luis Cessa (1-1, 2.25). Coverage with Ben Gellman begins at 12:45 p.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and online at www.nhfishercats.com.
The Fisher Cats return to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Friday, May 8 to play Trenton. An Atlas Fireworks Show will follow the 6:35 p.m. contest. Tickets are available by visiting www.nhfishercats.com., stopping by the Fisher Cats ticket office, or by calling (603) 641-2005.
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