Riley Adams broke a tie with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to spur the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 6-4 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Eastern League action Saturday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, N.Y.
The victory ensures a series win and ties New Hampshire’s longest winning streak of the year at three in a row.
Tied 4-4 in the ninth, Adams’ heroics were set up by a one-out single from Alberto Mineo that ended a stretch of seven consecutive batters retired by Ponies reliever Adonis Uceta (0-2). Adams launched an 0-2 pitch over the wall in left field for his third hit of the game and his first career Double-A long ball.
Consecutive singles from Forrest Wall and Santiago Espinal put runners at the corners with no outs, and a sacrifice fly from Mineo made it 1-0 Fisher Cats in the first.
In the third, Espinal singled for the second time in as many trips — part of a three-hit day for the Miami native — and scored on a Chad Spanberger base hit to right field.
Staked to a 2-0 lead after three, southpaw Zach Logue turned in his third quality start of the season for the Fisher Cats. The Cincinnati product worked six innings, allowed one run on six hits, walked one and struck out five.
New Hampshire added two runs in the sixth to lead 4-0. Nash Knight started with a walk, then scored on a Vinny Capra double. Adams logged his second hit of the day, a bloop single to right, scoring Capra.
Johnny Cheshire (1-0) worked a perfect seventh and recorded the first two outs of the eighth before a single from Sam Haggerty started a Binghamton rally. An RBI double followed before Pat Mazeika hit a two-run home run to tie the game 4-4.
Leading by two in the bottom of the ninth, the Fisher Cats sent Danny Young to the hill. The left-hander walked the first two hitters of the frame before recording back-to-back strikeouts. After he plunked Haggerty with a pitch, Young answered back with a strikeout of Barrett Barnes to leave the bases loaded and secure the win for New Hampshire.
The series concludes Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at NYSEG Stadium. Righty Yennsy Diaz is set to go for New Hampshire while Binghamton will send lefty Anthony Kay to the bump.