BINGHAMTON, NY - Ricky Knapp combined with three relievers to guide the Binghamton Rumble Ponies to a 1-0 victory over the Hartford Yard Goats on Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton earned their 20th shutout win of the season, extended their pitching staff's scoreless streak to 21 innings and stretched their winning streak to seven games.
Knapp opened Binghamton's pitching showcase with five scoreless innings. The righty allowed five hits, but held the Yard Goats hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position. Corey Taylor fanned three over two scoreless innings before Ben Griset fired a blank eighth inning.
The Ponies used speed to finally break the scoreless game in the eighth inning. Patrick Biondi opened the frame with a single and stole second, his third swipe of the game. Following a walk to Matt Oberste, David Thompson ripped Johendi Jiminian's 1-1 pitch into left-center, bringing in Biondi with the game's only run.
In the ninth, Jan Vazquez singled against Cory Burns, putting the potential tying run aboard. Stephen Cardullo followed with a chopper to second. Gustavo Nunez charged to snag the bouncing ball, tagged Vazquez and fired to first to complete the game-ending double play.
Griset (4-1) earned the victory while Burns sealed his 19th save of the season. Jiminian (0-3) allowed the game-winning run in the eighth and took the loss.
The Rumble Ponies (84-54) continue their four-game series against the Yard Goats on Sunday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Marcos Molina toes the rubber against RHP Craig Schlitter. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: The Rumble Ponies are 30-10 in their last 40 games…Binghamton earned their eighth 1-0 victory of the season…Binghamton's 84 victories are the second most collected in one season in franchise history (86, 2013)…Binghamton is 30 games over .500 for the first time since August 26, 2014 (83-53)…Cory Burns has successfully converted his last 15 save chances
Tickets for Binghamton's playoff schedule can be purchased at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online on www.bingrp.com and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.
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