Binghamton hitters belt Fisher Cats
Brian Burgamy collected three hits including a two-run homer to lead Binghamton past New Hampshire 7-2 in an Eastern League contest Thursday at NYSEG Stadium.
Fisher Cats starting and losing pitcher Aaron Sanchez (1-4) got lit up for nine hits and six earned runs during his six-inning outing. On 91 pitches, 59 for strikes, Sanchez walked three and fanned two.
Hector Gimenez got the Fisher Cats on the board first with a solo homer to right to start the second inning. But the Mets rallied for three runs in fourth inning on four hits to take the lead. Four more hits in the fifth frame produced two more runs for a 5-1 cushion.
Sanchez finally exited when he walked the lead-off hitter to start the seventh inning. Burgamy greeted reliever Austin Bibens-Dirkx with his two-run homer, padding the lead to 7-1.
The Fisher Cats scored their final run the ninth inning. Jack Murphy doubled with one out and later scored on a groundout by Melky Mesa.
On Wednesday in the nightcap of a doubleheader, New Hampshire salvaged a split with a 5-2 decision. Starter Casey Lawrence allowed four hits in five innings for the mound win. The Mets won the first game, 7-5.
In the nightcap, New Hampshire took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Nashua native Kevin Nolan singled to start the inning, stole second and went to third when Jon Berti grounded out to first base. Nolan eventually scored on a wild pitch by Binghamton pitcher Rainy Lara. Hamilton Bennett replaced Lara after that wild pitch and surrendered consecutive doubles to Ryan Schimpf and Gimenez.
New Hampshire padded its lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning against reliever Jon Velasquez. Gimenez walked and scored on a two-out double by Matt Newman. Later Mike Crouse plated Newman with a single.
The Mets scored two runs in the home sixth, but New Hampshire got one back in the seventh. Berti walked, stole his 19th base of the season and went to third on an errant pickoff throw. He scored when Schimpf grounded out to second base.
Randy Boone earned the save for the Fisher Cats, who are now 18-35.
The road trip continues for New Hampshire which sends righthander Radhames Liz to the hill Friday against Altoona in a 6:30 p.m. start.