The headline was Casey Janssen’s rehab start, but Monday night’s reliever for the Fisher Cats stole the show.
Scott Copeland, usually a starter, threw eight innings of four-hit shutout ball in New Hampshire’s 5-0 win over the Binghamton Mets at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Janssen, the Toronto Blue Jays’ close, drew the start after being assigned to New Hampshire earlier in the day for a rehab assignment. He held the Mets to a pair of first-inning singles in what is expected to be the first of a handful of appearances with the Fisher Cats (13-16).
Copeland (3-3) took over in the second and dominated the Mets (14-13) for his third straight win. He gave up an infield single to the first batter he faced, but set the tone for the rest of the night by inducing a double play and then an inning-ending groundout from the next two batters.
Copeland didn’t allow a ball out of the infield until the sixth, forcing the Mets into three double plays, and recording three strikeouts. Of the 24 outs he picked up, 18 came via ground balls, and he allowed just one runner to reach second base.
The Fisher Cats scored for Copeland in the third inning as Andy Fermin belted his first Double-A home run against Mets starter Tyler Pill (0-5). Jonathan Jones and Jon Berti drove home runs in the fifth to push the lead to 3-0. A pair of eighth inning runs pushed the lead to 5-0.
Brad Glenn had pair of hits while Fermin was on base twice with his home run and a walk. Berti singled twice and A.J. Jimenez and Mike McDade each drove home runs in the eighth.
The victory snapped the Fisher Cats’ four-game losing streak. The series continues tonight at 6:35 p.m. Fisher Cats lefty Matt Boyd is scheduled to face Binghamton right-hander Hansel Robles.