Fisher Cats' bats break out to snap six-game losing skid
MANCHESTER - They needed that.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats came up with season-high totals in runs and hits (15) and right-handed starter Casey Lawrence shut down the Binghamton Mets to break a six-game losing streak and lift the home team to a 9-4 triumph in front of 5,201 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Saturday afternoon
Shortstop Kevin Nolan of Nashua, who had three hits for the season coming into the game, broke out with four hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning to get things started.
"It was very good, especially the way we won today," Nolan said. "We went through that tough stretch and this was a good win and hopefully we can take off now."
Right-hander Aaron Sanchez, Toronto's top minor league prospect, goes up against Binghamton righty Hansel Robles on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 in the series finale.
The Fisher Cats start a three-game set at home against New Britain on Monday night.
New Hampshire improved to 3-6 and Binghamton dropped to 6-3.
Lawrence allowed five hits and one run over his six innings while striking out four and walking no one to post his first Double-A win.
He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.
"I thought Casey did a great job of attacking the zone," said manager Bobby Meacham. "If he made a bad pitch, he came back and made a good one and that's kind of what you have to do, keep going and put your best foot forward."
The Fisher Cats did the same as a team.
They had been outscored 16-1 in the first two games against Binghamton and 20-2 in their last three overall.
The Fisher Cats jumped on Binghamton starter Kyle Pill early. Six of their first seven runs came off rallies that started with two outs.With two outs in the first inning, outfielders Ryan Schimpf and Brad Glenn singled. Nolan then drilled an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left.
"A slider in," he said. "I thought I hit it pretty good and I thought it had a chance to go out, but it squeaked over."
With two outs in the third, Nolan singled to left field and scored on a Michael Crouse triple to deep center. Peter Mooney knocked in Crouse with a single to right but was thrown out at second on the play.
Glenn singled with two outs in the fifth and scored on a bases-loaded walk.
The Fisher Cats had broken their two-out pattern in the second inning. Nolan had a leadoff single and later scored on Kenny Wilson's sacrifice fly.
Ryan Schimpf led off the seventh with his second homer of the season and Aaron Munoz led off the eighth with a walk and scored on another Wilson sacrifice fly for the other Fisher Cats runs.