Early Lead Holds As 'Cats Corral Rumble Ponies

4-run first, tenacious offense lead to 7-5 win in Binghamton

By Tyler Zickel / New Hampshire Fisher Cats | April 28, 2017 11:32 PM

Binghamton, NY - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats jumped out to an early lead and never trailed Friday, corralling the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 7-5 in game one of a three-game weekend series at NYSEG Stadium.

A four-run top of the first got the scoring started for New Hampshire. Richard Urena doubled with one out and Anthony Alford followed with a walk. Up stepped Ryan McBroom , who hit a ringing double off the left-centerfield wall to plate a pair and make it 2-0 'Cats. Emilio Guerrero doubled the lead two batters later, launching his first home run of the season to give the Fisher Cats a 4-0 advantage.

Binghamton broke through for two runs in the fourth, but New Hampshire answered with a run in the top of the fifth. Jonathan Davis worked a one out walk then advanced to second on a balk. A groundout moved Davis to third and Urena cashed in with a two-out RBI single up the middle to plate Davis and put the Fisher Cats up 5-2.

The Rumble Ponies got to New Hampshire starter Shane Dawson (W, 1-2) for another run in the sixth, but the southpaw was able to protect the early lead through six innings of work in his third consecutive quality start.

Single runs for the 'Cats in the seventh and the ninth proved to be the difference in the game. Gunnar Heidt  singled to begin the seventh and wound up at third after a sacrifice bunt and a groundout. A two-out wild pitch allowed Heidt to score the eventual game winner. In the ninth, the first two 'Cats hitters were retired before Reese McGuire  earned a free pass. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Davis singled to center, a crucial insurance run that made it 7-3 New Hampshire.

Blake McFarland  and Chris Rowley  each worked shutout innings in relief to hold the lead.

Binghamton's Champ Stuart made it interesting with a two out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, but Jose Fernandez  limited the damage at two with a game-ending strikeout in the next at-bat to secure the victory.

With the win, the Fisher Cats (8-12) return to the win column for the first time since Sunday afternoon to end their three-game losing streak.

The series continues Saturday afternoon in Binghamton. Sean Reid-Foley  (1-1, 3.97 ERA) gets the nod for New Hampshire while Mickey Jannis (2-0, 1.59 ERA) will go for the Rumble Ponies. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and can be heard locally on AM 610 WGIR or online via iHeartRadio.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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