BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Deck McGuire was dazzling for seven innings and he got home run support from Adam Loewen and Kevin Pillar as the Fisher Cats (5-3) beat the Binghamton Mets (4-3) on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium. McGuire's dominance provided the B-Mets with just two hits as he picked up his first win of the season in the Fisher Cats' road opener.
From the first inning, on a cold night in New York, McGuire was on his game. He retired the first six men he faced, and nine of the first ten through three innings. In the fourth, he gave up his only run when the B-Mets scratched one home on a double, a wild pitch, and a groundout for a 1-0 lead.
After the run scored, McGuire retired the final ten men he faced, needing just seven pitched in each of the sixth and seventh innings. He went seven full, giving up one run on a pair of hits with five strikeouts.
Despite all that, the Fisher Cats still trailed the Mets 1-0 entering the seventh inning. New Hampshire had opportunities against Mets starter Logan Verrett, but the righty was able to work out of multiple jams, stranding three men at third over the first five innings.
Things changed in the seventh, however, when Loewen led off the inning against Verrett. Added to the Fisher Cats roster just hours before the game, the slugger belted a fastball over the right field fence to even the game 1-1.
An inning later it was Pillar's turn to strike. Earlier in the night, he extended his early-season hitting streak to six games with a sixth-inning double. In the eighth, he added his first Double-A home run to left, a two-run homer that put New Hampshire into the lead for good.
The two long balls earned McGuire his first win of the season while Fernando Hernandez, fresh off the DL, and Chad Beck closed down the final two innings. Pillar, Loewen, and Clint Robinson all finished the game with two hits each. John Tolisano added a walk and a single, and has now been on base in every game of the 2013 season.
The series continues on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. as right Tyson Brummett makes his Fisher Cats debut. He'll be opposed by Binghamton righty Tyler Pill (0-1, 7.20). Fans can listen to the game with Tom Gauthier beginning at 6:45 p.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and at www.nhfishercats.com.
The Fisher Cats return home to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Thursday, April 18 for a seven-home homestand with Binghamton and New Britain. The first game of the stand features a fleece blanket giveaway for the first 1,000 fans courtesy of Heritage Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. For tickets and a full list of promotions, visit www.nhfishercats.com.