New Hampshire Hardball

Rumble Ponies 11, Fisher Cats 4

MANCHESTER Despite No. 3 prospect Jordan Groshans’ second homer of the season, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) took an 11-4 loss to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (NY Mets) on Friday night at Delta Dental Stadium.

Groshans belted a 3-0 pitch over the left center field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning, which cut a two-run deficit to one, but Binghamton rumbled back with six runs in the top of the eighth to put the game away at 11-4.

The Fisher Cats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Austin Martin walked, moved to third on a single by Otto Lopez, and scored on a single by LJ Talley. Binghamton tied the game in the top of the third inning. Jake Mangum doubled, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a balk to make it 1-1.

New Hampshire broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning. Samad Taylor singled, advanced to second on a groundout, and scored on a base hit by Reggie Pruitt.

The Rumble Ponies moved in front for the first time in the top of the fifth inning, chasing Fisher Cats starter Zach Logue (L, 3-1) from the game. A single by Carlos Cortes, a walk to Jake Mangum, and single by Nick Meyer tied the game. Two batters later, Dan Rizzie drilled a single back up the middle to make it 3-2. Binghamton scored two more runs in the top of the sixth inning thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles by Cortes and Mangum to take a 5-2 lead.


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