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Roger Clemens makes his BP pitch as Fisher Cats win
Roger Clemens watches his son, Koby, play for the Fisher Cats on Saturday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
MANCHESTER — Maybe Roger Clemens should throw batting practice more often.
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.”