Manchester, NH - The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A affiliate) scored five times in the top of the ninth inning to rally past the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays) 12-9 on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The Fisher Cats took an 8-7 lead to the ninth, but Binghamton hit three home runs in the decisive inning to pick up the win in the series opener. Jhoan Urena's second home run in as many at bats tied the game at 8-8. Patrick Ely belted a three-run homer over the right field fence and Joey Terdoslavich followed with an inside-the-park home run that banged off the center field wall and rolled back toward the infield.
Jon Berti hit an RBI triple of the wall in left-center to make it 12-9 in the ninth, but the Fisher Cats left the tying run on deck.
Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Andres Gimenez reached on a fielders choice, stole second, and scored on a double down the left field line by Will Toffey.
The Fisher Cats came back to tie the game in the bottom of the first inning. Forrest Wall singled, stole second, stole third, and scored when the throw to get him at third base sailed into left field.
After the Rumble Ponies scored four times in the top of the third inning to take a 5-2 lead, the Fisher Cats responded with six unanswered runs.
In the bottom of third inning, Cavan Biggio walked and stole second. Harold Ramirez singled him home. Ten Fisher Cats came to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning as the team scored five times. Max Pentecost singled home two runs with the bases loaded, Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly, and Jon Berti delivered two runs with a single to make it 8-5.
Binghamton cut the lead to 8-7 in the top of the seventh inning. Urena homered and Patrick Biondi walked with the bases loaded.
The Rumble Ponies bullpen worked 6.2 scoreless innings in relief. Joshua Torres (W, 9-0) was credited with the win. Dusty Isaacs (L, 3-4) was saddled with the loss.
The Fisher Cats can clinch a playoff berth on Saturday with a win over Binghamton and a loss by Reading.
New Hampshire and Binghamton will play again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Join the Fisher Cats and SoulFest and New Sound Concerts for a night of baseball, love & action at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium! Fans can enjoy live inspirational music and an exclusive, non-denominational question and answer session with Fisher Cats players. Postgame Atlas Fireworks will be set to the tunes of The Piano Man himself, thanks to our friends at New England Ford Dealers. For tickets, visit www.nhfishercats.com.
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