Losers of four straight games, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats look to rebound today in the start of a three-game Eastern League series against the Binghamton Mets at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
On Sunday, New Britain jumped on starting and losing pitcher Deck McGuire for four first-inning runs in a 5-2 win over New Hampshire at New Britain Stadium before 4,934 fans.
Righthander Scott Copeland (2-3, 4.88) gets the start for the Fisher Cats in today’s 6:35 p.m. encounter. On Tuesday at 6:35 p.m., 23-year-old lefthander Matt Boyd (0-0, 4.50) takes the hill. Boyd made his Double-A debut last Thursday, getting a no-decision in New Hampshire’s 4-3 win over Trenton in the first game of a doubleheader. In four innings on 90 pitches, he allowed two runs and five hits.
The short homestand concludes Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. when righthander Shawn Hill (0-1, 4.15) gets the starting nod.
On 107 pitches including 69 for strikes, McGuire (3-3) allowed seven hits, five earned runs and one walk in six innings. He whiffed three.
New Britain (10-17), in last place in the Eastern Division, sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning. Corey Wimberly tripled to open the game and scored on a one-out single to center by Nate Hanson. Moments later, Hanson bolted to third on a single by Kenny Vargas and scored on a double by Daniel Ortiz. Vargas scored the third run of the inning from third base when Brandon Waring reached on a throwing error by New Hampshire third baseman Andy Burns.
Ortiz took third base on the play and scored the fourth run on a sacrifice fly from Mike Kvasnicka.
The four-run uprising was plenty for New Britain starter and winner Virgil Vasquez (1-0), who lasted 7 1/3 innings. He scattered four hits and two earned runs. He walked two and fanned one.
In the fifth inning, New Hampshire produced its first run when Brad Glenn doubled and advanced to third base on a fly out to right by Gabe Jacobo, Glenn scored when Jonathan Jones grounded out to short.
In the home sixth, New Britain got the run back when Kvasnicka scored from third base on a sacrifice bunt from A.J. Pettersen.
New Hampshire scored the final run in the eighth inning when Nashua’s Kevin Nolan singled home Jones. Adrian Salcedo got the final five outs for New Britain, four on strikeouts, for his second save.