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Fisher Cats work 14 to lose to Binghamton

Staff report
May 18. 2014 8:07PM
New Hampshire Fisher Cats catcher Pierce Rankin takes the late throw as Binghamton Mets runner Brian Burgamy slides home in the eighth inning of their game Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

There’s a good reason why the Fisher Cats are mired in the cellar of the Eastern Division. They can’t win one-run games.

Matt Reynolds drove home Kyle Johnson with a one-out single in the 14th inning to lead the Binghamton Mets to a 9-8 Eastern League win over New Hampshire before 5,397 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium Sunday.

Losers of seven straight games and nine in their last 10, the Fisher Cats (15-26) fell to 4-13 this season in one-run games. New Hampshire is 11-1/2 games behind Eastern Division-leading Portland.

In the 14th inning for the second-place Mets (23-16), Johnson lined a double to left with one out, then advanced to third base on a single by Brian Burgamy. Reynolds followed with his game-winning hit off losing pitcher Tony Davis (1-1), scoring Johnson.

New Hampshire starter Casey Lawrence got hit hard by the Mets. On 107 pitches in 5-2/3 innings, Lawrence surrendered 11 hits, seven runs and three walks. His ERA rose from 3.24 to 4.04.

The Mets led 7-0 before New Hampshire rallied for two runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh frame.

In the sixth inning, Andy Burns (two hits) scored on a single by Gabe Jacobo (two hits), who finished with four RBIs, and Ryan Schimpf tallied on a sacrifice fly from Nashua’s Kevin Nolan.

In the seventh inning, New Hampshire rallied to tie the game. Pierce Rankin, Jonathan Jones (three hits) and Jon Berti each singled to open the inning. Two runs crossed the plate without a hit as Andy Burns walked with the bases loaded followed by a hit-by-pitch to Schimpf. Jacobo cleared the bases with a double to center, tying the game at 7-7.

The Mets regained the lead in the eighth inning when Kevin Plawecki singles to right, scoring Burgamy.

New Hampshire answered with its tying run in the home eighth when Jones doubled, advanced to third on a bunt single by Jon Berti and scored on a sacrifice fly by Burns.

New Hampshire collected 14 hits and stranded 12 runners in the loss. Reynolds and Jayce Boyd each had four hits for the Mets, who had 18 hits. Darrell Ceciliani of Binghamton had the only homer in the game, a two-run shot in the third inning.

New Hampshire opens a five-game series at Reading today with a 5 p.m. doubleheader. Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 3.12) gets the first game start for the Fisher Cats.

Richard Bleier (2-3, 4.43) will start the nightcap game for New Hampshire, which returns to Manchester for its first home series against Portland beginning Friday.

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