Fisher Cats' struggles continue
Four Binghamton pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout and the Mets took advantage of 10 walks for a 6-0 Eastern League victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Sunday before 4,288 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
New Hampshire dropped three of four games to the Mets in their home season-opening series. The Fisher Cats, losers in seven of their last eight games, are 3-7 and in last place in the Eastern Division of the EL.
On 81 pitches, Binghamton starter Hansel Robles (1-0) gained the mound win. In five innings, Robles allowed four hits, two walks and fanned six. Reliever Cody Satterwhite held the Fisher Cats to one hit over the sixth and seventh innings. John Church struck out the side in the eighth inning and Jon Velasquez recorded two more whiffs in the ninth for the 7-3 Mets. The four pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts against New Hampshire. The Fisher Cats' offense leads the Eastern League with 91 strikeouts and are 10th in the 12-team circuit with a .237 batting average.
In the fourth inning the Mets took a 3-0 lead despite having one hit in the frame. Designated hitter Matt Clark, who walked five times, started the rally with a base on balls against losing pitcher Aaron Sanchez (1-1) who had control problems in his short stint Sunday.
After walking Clark, Sanchez hit Dustin Lawley and Cory Vaughn to load the bases. Another walk to Travis Taijeron forced in Clark and a sacrifice fly from Xorge Carrillo plated Lawley. Wilfredo Tovar plated Vaughn with a single to right for the three-run lead. Sanchez lasted 3-2/3 innings, allowing four hits, three runs and four walks. He fanned four.
The Mets nicked reliever Richard Bleier for a run in the seventh inning. With Clark batting, a passed ball by Yusuf Carter allowed Darrell Ceciliani to score from third base.
Wil Browning replaced Bleier in the ninth and allowed an RBI double to Lawley and a sacrifice fly to Vaughn, scoring Clark.
Righthander Deck McGuire (1-1, 3.60) looks to right the ship for New Hampshire, which starts a three-game home series against New Britain today at 6:35 p.m. The game start for Tuesday is 5:35 p.m. and the series finale on Wednesday is 10:35 a.m.