Knapp, B-Mets Clobber Fisher Cats, 9-1MANCHESTER, NH - Ricky Knapp set a Double-A career-high with eight strikeouts and the Binghamton Mets blasted the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 9-1, on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Phillip Evans paced the offense with his second straight three-hit game to help Binghamton snap a three-game losing streak.
Binghamton started with a bang as Jonathan Johnson and Evans both singled. Amed Rosario followed with a single to left that Dwight Smith Jr. bobbled which invited Johnson to scamper home with the game’s first run. The B-Mets tacked on three more runs on a bases loaded walk by Matt Oberste, a passed ball and an RBI groundout by Victor Cruzado.
The B-Mets added to that in the fifth as Evans doubled then Smith and Oberste both walked with two outs to load the bases. Cruzado followed with a blooper to right-center, scoring Evans and Smith. Jayce Boyd then singled up the middle, scoring Oberste to make it 7-0.
The B-Mets got one more in the seventh, beginning with a Matt Oberste single. Jayce Boyd later doubled him in to push the lead to 8-0.
New Hampshire’s only run came in the bottom of the seventh. Ian Parmley singled to lead off and Roemon Fields smacked a one out single that chased Knapp. Richard Urena drove in Parmley with a sacrifice fly to right, making the score, 8-1.
Knapp (3-0) was strong through 6-1/3 innings in the victorious effort. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out eight, a Double-A career high. New Hampshire’s biggest threat came in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs. Knapp calmly retired three straight to preserve Binghamton’s lead.
Evans finished 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Boyd went 2-for-5 with a double and a two RBI and Cruzado was 1-for-5 but drove in three runs.
The B-Mets (57-65) conclude the season series with the Fisher Cats on Thursday at 7:05 PM. RHP Rainy Lara takes the mound against RHP Jeremy Gabryszwski. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:50 PM on News Radio 1290, WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Amed Rosario’s single in the first inning snapped an 0-for-17 slump dating back to his final at bat on August 12 at Harrisburg…Phillip Evans went 3-for-5 and is now 12-for-21 in five games on the road trip…Binghamton’s elimination number sits at one
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