BINGHAMTON, NY---Sean Ochinko hit his first home run and Kendall Graveman allowed one run in six innings in his Double-A debut as the Fisher Cats opened a three-game series in Binghamton with a 5-1 win on Monday night.
The 23-year old Graveman, selected by the Blue Jays in the 8th round of the 2013 draft (Mississippi State), allowed eight singles, walked two and struck out four. Blake McFarland worked three hitless innings in relief with five strikeouts to pick up his second save.
New Hampshire's offense picked up where it left off in Sunday's 20-hit attack with 11 more on Monday night. Jon Berti walked to start the game and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Andy Burns. Ochinko then launched his first home run of the season to put the Fisher Cats up 3-0.
The Fisher Cats (51-57) opened a 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Jorge Flores reached on an infield single and moved to third on a stolen base and error. Berti grounded out as Flores scored.
Binghamton (63-45) answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning, loading the bases on two singles and a walk with Rylan Sandoval scoring on a sacrifice fly by T. J. Rivera to make it 4-1.
New Hampshire put together three consecutive hits in the sixth for the game's final run. Cory Aldridge delivered the RBI single, ending the night for Mets losing pitcher Steven Matz (4-2).
The series continues in Binghamton on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. LHP Daniel Norris (2-1, 5.76) will start for the Fisher Cats against Binghamton RHP Tyler Pill (6-5, 4.07). Coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. with Bob Lipman on WGIR 610 AM and www.nhfishercats.com.
The Fisher Cats return home on Thursday to start an epic four-day, five-game homestand with the Reading Fightin Phils. On Thursday, there will be an Atlas Fireworks Show after the game and a visit by the Red Sox World Series Trophies from 2004, 2007, and 2013. Tickets are available by visiting www.nhfishercats.com, stopping by the Fisher Cats ticket office, or by calling (603) 641-2005.
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