MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t start off their home stand on the right track, falling 6-3 to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Tuesday.
Riley Adams put New Hampshire up 1-0 off a double in the first, but Binghamton responded with two runs in the third and another three runs in the fifth.
The teams proceeded to trade runs moving on, with Josh Palacios crossing the plate in the sixth for New Hampshire, followed by a Patrick Mazeika sacrifice fly RBI in the eighth, his third RBI of the contest.
Christian Williams did manage to put one more run across for New Hampshire with two outs in the ninth, but a popup by Logan Warmoth on the following at-bat spoiled any hopes of a comeback.
Hector Perez fell to 4-3, allowing five runs off eight hits in five innings of work, striking out four Binghamton batters and walking three.
David Peterson hurled seven innings to climb to 3-2 on the year, scattering nine hits and striking out six Fisher Cats.
Both teams ended with a dozen hits each. Adams, Williams, Santiago Espinal and Ryan Spanberger each had two hits for New Hampshire while Palacios had three, also scoring two runs in the process.
Michael Paez had two hits for Binghamton while Andres Gimenez and David Thompson each had three, with Thompson also scoring a pair of runs. Will Toffey also hit a home run to left for the Ponies.
The Fisher Cats and Rumble Ponies meet again on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. to begin the second half of the Eastern League regular season. LHP Zach Logue (3-3, 3.33 ERA) starts for New Hampshire against Binghamton RHP Mickey Jannis (2-1, 3.41 ERA).