New Hampshire Hardball

Rumble Ponies 9, Fisher Cats 4

MANCHESTER – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (14-17) lost to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets, 11-20) 9-4 Saturday night. The Fisher Cats had won the previous two matchups this week.

New Hampshire starter Max Castillo threw 5.0 innings and allowed three hits and one earned run. He walked two and struck out two. Castillo has allowed one or fewer runs in four of his six starts this year.

Castillo worked around a leadoff triple in the third inning to keep the game scoreless. He retired the Mets top three prospects—Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio—in order to end the inning.

New Hampshire trailed, 9-1, after eight innings but then scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Gold roped a two-RBI double into the right field corner with the bases loaded. Gold finished 2-for-4. It was his second multi-hit game of the year.

John Aiello then drove in a run on a groundout to make the score 9-4, where it would stay.

Rafael Lantigua also registered two singles. He is 8-for-23 with three doubles over his last seven games.

Binghamton starter Jose Butto matched Castillo with 5.0 innings, allowing one run. Submarine reliever Josh Hejka (W, 1-0) picked up the win with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief. Gabriel Ponce (L, 0-2) was tabbed with the loss after allowing two earned runs in 1.1 innings.


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