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Fishers split wild doubleheader

Staff report
May 20. 2018 10:38PM

New Hampshire Fisher Cats Vladimir Guerrero Jr., fields a groundball at second base during a infield shift vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Sunday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)



New Hampshire Fisher Cats Vladimir Guerrero Jr. vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Sunday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Well, that was an eventful day at the ballpark.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats split a doubleheader with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, taking the opener 6-5 on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s walk-off homer — his fourth hit of the seven-inning game — before losing the nightcap 10-8 in nine innings.

Guerrero, who finished the day with a batting average of .421, won the opener with a two-run shot to center field off Tyler Bashlor, capping a three-run bottom of the seventh. One batter earlier, Bo Bichette doubled home Jonathan Davis, who also doubled. Guerrero also collected three singles in the game, one of which knocked in a run in the third.

Danny Young (1-0) earned the win, working two innings of scoreless ball. He allowed two hits and fanned one.

In the equally wild nightcap, the Ponies were poised to win it in the eighth when they scored three runs, two on an Oliver Pascual single, to take a 7-4 lead. But the Fisher Cats responded with three runs, scoring the equalizer on a two-out wild pitch.

In the Binghamton ninth, Matt Oberste’s two-run homer keyed a three-run outburst against Jose Fernandez (3-1). Harold Ramirez’ sacrifice fly accounted for New Hampshire’s final run in the ninth.

Binghamton’s Tim Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner, did not play in the opener, then went 0-for-2 with a walk in the nightcap.

New Hampshire hit the road for a three-game series in Reading, Pa., starting Tuesday night.


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