Fisher Cats' struggles continue in shutout loss to B-Mets
MANCHESTER — Runs and victories have been in short supply for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats the last few days.
New Hampshire's losing streak reached six games with Friday night's 7-0 setback against the Binghamton Mets. The Fisher Cats (2-6) were limited to three hits and have scored two runs in their last three outings.
"I'm not really worried about the offense," Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham said. "I'm more worried about the pitching and the defense. I just feel like we're better than what we've seen. These guys are tentative and those aren't the kind of pitchers I saw last year, when they went after it.
"Defensively I already addressed a few things with our infielders about being aggressive. Offense is going to be fine. They haven't been tentative at the plate at all."
Third baseman Brian Burgamy hit two solo home runs for Binghamton (6-2), which stretched its winning streak to five games. Binghamton scored six of its seven runs in the final three innings against the Fisher Cats bullpen.
Binghamton starter Rainy Lara held the Fisher Cats to three hits in seven innings. Lara (2-0, 2.19) threw 78 pitches, 52 of which were strikes.
Lara beat Akron in his Double-A debut last Saturday. He allowed eight hits in 5⅓ innings that day.
"He was good — very good," Meacham said. "He was exactly what you're looking for. Not overpowering, but he was committed to each pitch he threw. Wasn't worried about it getting hit. Actually wanted it to get hit so he could get the ball in play, get outs and keep rolling.
"He did an outstanding job. You try to execute your pitches and whoever's better wins."
The Fisher Cats wasted a strong pitching performance by starter Scott Copeland, who held Binghamton to one run on two hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Binghamton's run against Copeland came on a home run by Burgamy, who hit his other home run against reliever Will Browning in the eighth.
The Mets also received a solo home run from designated hitter Matt Clark in the seventh. That home run came against reliever Tony Davis, who surrendered four runs (three earned) on three hits in the inning.
Binghamton capped its scoring with a run against Gregory Infante in the ninth.
Center fielder Kenny Wilson, second baseman Jon Berti and third baseman Ryan Schimpf — the first three hitters in the Fisher Cats' batting order — had New Hampshire's hits, all singles.
The teams will play the third game of their four-game series Saturday (1:35 p.m.). The scheduled starting pitchers are New Hampshire's Casey Lawrence (0-0, 6.25 ERA) and Binghamton's Hansel Robles (0-0, 0.00).