Kendall Graveman’s Eastern League debut was a successful one.
The 23-year-old righthander twirled an eight-hitter and allowed one run in six innings to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 5-1 victory over the Binghamton Mets Monday at NYSEG Stadium.
Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth round of the 2013 first-year player draft out of Mississippi State University, Graveman posted an 8-4 record with Single-A Dunedin in the Florida State League. In 16 game starts, he allowed 89 hits in 96-2/3 innings, one homer, 18 walks and 29 runs (24 earned). He fanned 64 batters and posted a 2.23 ERA. On Monday against the Mets, Graveman walked two and fanned four.
His teammates staked him out to a 3-0 first inning lead. Jon Berti walked, stole second and went to third on a groundout by Matt Newman.
Andy Burns drove in Berti with a single to center. One out later, Sean Ochinko delivered a two-run homer for the 3-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, New Hampshire padded its lead to 4-0 when Jorge Flores scored on a groundout by Berti. The Mets got on the board in the home fifth on a sacrifice fly by T. J. Rivera.
New Hampshire scored the last run in the sixth inning when Cory Aldridge singled home Mike McDade (double).
Aldridge, Flores and Ochinko each had two hits to pace an 11-hit attack. Both teams play again today at 6:35 p.m.
Prior to the start of Monday’s game, the Toronto Blue Jays announced four other roster moves for their Double-A affiliate Fisher Cats.
Righthander Austin Bibens-Dirkx was transferred to New Hampshire from Triple-A Buffalo and catcher Jack Murphy was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 24. Catcher Pierce Rankin was activated from the disabled list and and transferred to Dunedin along with lefthanded pitcher Matt Boyd.
The Fisher Cats return home Thursday after their road trip in Binghamton for a four-day, five-game homestand with the Reading Fightin Phils.
On Thursday, the Fisher Cats will showcase the Red Sox World Series Trophies from 2004, 2007 and 2013.