Fishers' Romano halts BinghamtonBy JOE DUBALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 19. 2018 11:45PM
MANCHESTER — Jordan Romano is making his presence felt so far this season for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The right-handed starter has been nothing short of impressive to start his first tour through Double-A, which continued on Thursday morning with a 5-2 New Hampshire win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in front of 5,082 fans on Education Day at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Despite having a scheduled 10:30 a.m. start delayed an hour by morning rain and snow showers, Romano went out and dazzled with seven innings of one-run ball while his offense came to his aid late to secure his second victory of the season. Lourdes Gurriel’s two-run homer in the eighth inning padded what was already a two-run lead for New Hampshire (9-3).
Romano’s performance was the catalyst for the Fisher Cats as he limited the Rumble Ponies to an earned run on two hits while striking out four. The righty retired eight of Binghamton’s first nine batters before setting down the final six batters he faced later in the outing. Romano, who had four 1-2-3 frames, lowered his team-leading earned run average to 1.42.
Jose Fernandez and Zach Jackson finished behind Romano. Fernandez tossed 1⅔ innings for his second hold while Jackson got the game’s final out to record his first save.
The game was tied 1-1 until the Fisher Cats struck for a pair of runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Singles by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Gurriel to lead off the fourth set up New Hampshire’s scoring as Guerrero scored on Max Pentecost’s RBI single and Gurriel trotted home on an RBI fielder’s choice from Harold Ramirez.
Gurriel, Guerrero and Pentecost each posted a pair of hits for New Hampshire. Cavan Biggio was also in on the act with a hit and an RBI.
Tim Tebow and Matt Oberste had an RBI each for Binghamton. Tebow sparked a brief rally for Binghamton with his RBI fielder’s choice in the ninth, but Jackson came on and forced a pop-out to end things.
New Hampshire heads out on a seven-game road trip starting tonight against the Reading Fightin Phils at 7:15 p.m.