Fisher Cats' losing streak continues in first game in NH
MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats opened their 11th season with two straight wins on the road against defending Eastern League champion Trenton last week.
Things have not gone so well since.
The Fisher Cats hoped to turn their early season skid around in their home opener at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in front of 5,946 on Thursday night, but instead dropped a 9-1 decision to the Binghamton Mets.
The Fisher Cats have lost five straight games since their 2-0 start.
The Mets won their fourth consecutive contest to improve to 5-2.
The teams meet in Game 2 of the series Friday night at 6:35 with right-hander Scott Copeland going for New Hampshire and righty Rainy Lara for Binghamton. The four-game series also includes contests on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, both at 1:35.
Fisher Cats starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx went six innings and gave up seven hits and five runs and took the loss in his first decision of the season.
Darin Gorski allowed four hits over his six innings and got the win.
He struck out 10 and walked two.
The Mets did serious damage with a couple home runs off Bibens-Dirkx through the first five innings.
Cory Vaughn’s wind-helped fly ball to left got over the fence for two-run homer in the top of the second. Jayce Boyd had doubled to center to open the inning in front of him.
The Fisher Cats got one back in the bottom of the fourth.
Second baseman Jon Berti bunted for a single and then stole second and third. As he headed to third, catcher Kevin Plawecki threw the ball into left field and Berti came around. They were the fifth and sixth stolen bases of the season for Berti.
The Mets answered with a two-out rally in the sixth. Matt Reynolds snuck a ground ball between second and third, Kyle Johnson singled to left and Brian Burgamy ripped a shot over everything in right center for 5-1.
Binghamton got it up to 6-1 when Darrell Ceciliani singled to lead off the seventh, stole second and eventually scored on Burgamy’s double-play groundout.
The Mets tacked on three more runs in the ninth with three straight doubles followed by a throwing error on second baseman Bert as he tried to start a double play.