August 18, 2010 - Eastern League (EL) - New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Adam Calderone and Callix Crabbe led the Fisher Cats offense with multiple hits, and Ronald Uviedo threw two innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts as New Hampshire fell to the Binghamton Mets 5-2 Wednesday in front of 5,221 at Merchantsauto.com Stadium.
John Buck, who was playing his second game in a Fisher Cats uniform as part of a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment went 1 for 4 with a single, but became the second New Hampshire player to be thrown out at second base during the sixth inning.
The Fisher Cats (70-52) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning, taking the slim 1-0 advantage. Crabbe (2 for 4) led off the frame with a single, and after a Darin Mastroianni walk, the duo pulled off the double steal to set both men up in scoring position. Only Crabbe came around to score though as Adeiny Hechavarria smacked a sacrifice fly to centerfield. The swipe by Mastroianni was his 42nd of the season, tying him with Tyrell Godwin, who set the mark in 2004.
The Mets (59-62) answered right back in the top of the fourth to tie the game at one a piece even though New Hampshire starter Zach Stewart struck out the side. Sean Ratliff drew a one-out walk, moved over to second on a balk, and was plated on Marshall Hubbard's RBI single to left.
Brahiam Maldonado gave Binghamton the lead in the top of the fifth with a solo home run, which happened to be the only extra-base hit for the Mets against Stewart. The moon shot was his ninth of the season and landed off an umbrella on the Hilton Garden Inn's patio to give the Mets a 2-1 edge.
Binghamton added a run to make it 3-1 in the sixth when Jonathan Malo led off with a single, stole second, moved over to third on a Hubbard base knock and scored on a fielder's choice.
Stewart (8-3) came into the ballgame with the Eastern League's best win percentage at a .800 clip, but received the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out six and walking one through 5.1 innings.
Mets pitcher Mark Cohoon (3-3) earned the victory, minimizing the Fisher Cats attack by throwing 6+ innings, allowing two runs, while scattering seven hits, striking out five and walking just one. Roy Merritt came on in the ninth to record his eighth save of the year.
Binghamton scored for the fourth consecutive inning as two more runners got plated on a Malo single. Jose Coronado started the two-out rally with a walk, followed by an infield pop-up from Campbell that turned into a double, giving Malo the chance to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Fisher Cats scratched back with a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-2 on Crabbe's RBI double, bringing home Calderone (2 for 4), who reached on a single.
The season series with Binghamton concludes on Thursday with a 7:05 p.m. game at Merchantsauto.com Stadium. Fisher Cats righty Rey Gonzalez (2-3, 6.90) will take the mound and square off against Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia (0-0, 2.70).
An Atlas Fireworks Show follows the game Thursday. Fans will also celebrate Woodpellets.com Day, as well as Amoskeag European Auto Specialists Military Appreciation Day at the ballpark. For ticket information, visit www.nhfishercats.com or call (603) 641-2005.