Roger Clemens makes his BP pitch as Fisher Cats win
Several Fisher Cats took their cuts in the cage Saturday against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, whose son later contributed to an 11-hit attack that produced a 9-0 win over the Binghamton Mets at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Clemens — sitting behind home plate among the 5,681 fans in attendance — wasn't doing interviews. But the former Red Sox ace stayed to watch the Fishers (14-20) snap their five-game losing streak.
';He had an opportunity to talk to the guys a little bit about pitching and then threw a group of BP,'; Fishers manager Sal Fasano said of Clemens. ';It was nice. It started out the day on a good note.';
Fishers starter Yohan Pino gave a performance Clemens could appreciate: six scoreless innings and just three hits allowed. The righthander entered the game averaging a team-best 7.5 runs of support per start. He finished with seven strikeouts.
Binghamton's best chance to score came in the third inning. The Mets (16-18) placed runners at the corners with nobody out. Pino (3-0) stranded them, setting down the 2-3-4 hitters.
John Tolisano, in the Clemens BP group, soon snapped the scoreless tie.
';I knew he was in town. He was talking with the pitchers in the bullpen. Somebody said, ';He's throwing BP.' I usually don't hit in the first group, but I got to hit off him,'; said Tolisano, who went 2-for-4 with a third-inning RBI double.
Then, the Fishers erupted for consecutive four-run frames.
Koby Clemens capped the fourth-inning rally with an RBI single. The four-hit onslaught started with Brad Glenn's line drive to deep center field. A.J. Jimenez and Mike McDade scored on the play. Ryan Goins added a run-scoring single.
Pino returned to the hill and retired the Mets (16-18) in order.
The Fishers continued to spray hits around the ballpark in the home fifth. Binghamton starter Darin Gorski (2-2) didn't survive the inning.
Mark Sobolewski struck the decisive blow, an opposite field three-run homer to right. The blast was Sobolewski's seventh of the season.
Every batter in the lineup cracked the hit column.
';We have guys that can really hit. I know we haven't really put it all together yet. But it's still only May,'; said Sobolewski, who didn't face the Major League legend in BP. ';It was good to see some guys get some hits today and have a breakout game offensively.';