BINGHAMTON, NY - Riley Adams broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run home run in the ninth to spur the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) to a 6-4 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Mets) Saturday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. The victory ensures a series win this weekend and ties New Hampshire's longest winning streak of the year at three games 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 (L, 0-2). With Mineo aboard, Adams launched an 0-2 pitch over the wall in left field for his third knock of the game and his first career Double-A long ball.
New Hampshire jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first. Consecutive singles from Forrest Wall and Santiago Espinal put runners at the corners with no outs, which led to a sacrifice fly from Mineo that made it 1-0 Fisher Cats.
A run in the third doubled the 'Cats advantage. Espinal singled for the second time in as many trips - part of a three-hit day for the Miami native - and later 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, OH 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 the stanza with a walk then scored on a Vinny Capra double. Adams logged his second hit of the day with a bloop single to right field that was aided by the sun later in the inning, scoring Capra to put the 'Cats ahead by four.
Johnny Cheshire (W, 1-0/BS, 1) worked a perfect seventh and recorded the first two outs of the eighth before a single from Sam Haggerty started a Binghamton rally. That was followed by an RBI double before Pat Mazeika hit a two-run home run just to the left of the right field foul pole to tie the game 4-4.
Leading by two in the bottom of the ninth, the Fisher Cats sent Danny Young (S, 1) 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 afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. RHP Yennsy Diaz is set to go for New Hampshire while Binghamton will send LHP Anthony Kay to the bump. Coverage begins at 1:45 p.m. and continues with first pitch at 2:05 p.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network.
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