Fisher Cats win
Fisher Cats win as rain ends rally for Mets
Nothing like a downpour to squelch a ninth-inning rally.
A rainstorm halted a three-run spree by Binghamton, giving New Hampshire a 7-6 Eastern League victory Monday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Down by four runs in the ninth, the Mets quickly cut their deficit to 7-6 against New Hampshire reliever Alan Farina.
Rhyne Hughes doubled to center, and after Blake Forsythe struck out swinging Darrell Ceciliani launched his fifth homer of the season to right. Richard Lucas then followed with his sixth homer to left.
Immediately after Lucas homered, the sky opened up. After a 68-minute delay, the umpires called the game.
New Hampshire took three out of five games against the Mets in a series that featured 75 total runs scored, with New Hampshire holding a 38-37 edge. The Fisher Cats (43-46) hit the Eastern League All-Star break 11½-games behind the Mets (53-33) in the Eastern Division.
The Fisher Cats will resume play on Thursday, opening a four-game weekend series at Reading. The team returns home next Monday to host Portland in a 7:05 p.m. start.
New Hampshire starter Sean Nolin pitched well on Monday, allowing two hits, no walks and no runs in five innings. He fanned seven and threw 43 of 60 pitches for strikes. Scott Gracey (2-0), who pitched the eighth inning, eventually got the win in relief.
New Hampshire’s offense collected only six hits but took advantage of six walks.
Down 3-2 in the home eighth, the Fisher Cats started a five-run rally against Binghamton reliever John Church.
Brett Lawrie walked and advanced to second on a one-out balk. After walks to Brian Van Kirk and Brad Glenn loaded the bases, Church was relieved by Pedro Feliciano, who was greeted by a bases-clearing double to right by Ryan Schimpf.
Kevin Nolan kept the rally going with a single, sending Schimpf to third and both runners came home on a double to left by Kevin Ahrens (two hits in the game) for a 7-3 lead.
New Hampshire scored first in the fourth inning when Andy Burns walked, stole second and bolted home on a double by Glenn.
The Mets tied it in the sixth frame after Tyson Brummett relieved Nolin to start the inning.
Ceciliani doubled, stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Muno.
Binghamton then gained the lead in the seventh inning.
Allan Dykstra singled, advanced to second on a walk to Travis Taijeron and scored when Rhyne Hughes reached on a fielding error by Schimpf in left field.
New Hampshire got the run back in the home seventh. Schimpf walked and rambled home when Ahrens doubled to left.
Binghamton took a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning against Gracey. Dykstra singled to center to score Cesar Puello who walked with two outs.
Lawrie, who is on a rehab assignment from Toronto, finished the game 0 for 2 with a run scored.