Font as Baffling as Wingdings to B-Mets, 4-1MANCHESTER, NH- New Hampshire starter Wilmer Font struck out nine over seven scoreless innings to lead the Fisher Cats past the Binghamton Mets, 4-1, on Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Binghamton brought the game-tying run the plate in the ninth inning but fell short in the series-opener.
New Hampshire struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Christian Lopes belted a leadoff home run to left-center, giving the Fisher Cats an early 1-0 lead.
That lead held until the fifth when Emilio Guerrero and Ian Parmley each singled. Lopes then bounced a grounder than Amed Rosario whiffed on at short, allowing Parmley to reach and Guerrero to score. Richard Urena then drove in Parmley with an RBI groundout to first and Dwight Smith Jr. scored lopes on a single, extending the Fisher Cat lead to 4-0.
Meanwhile, New Hampshire starter Font was cruising. Font (3-0) lasted seven innings and allowed only three hits and one walk, striking out nine to earn the win. After allowing a leadoff single to Derrik Gibson in the first, he held the B-Mets hitless over the next 13 at bats.
Tyler Herron (2-5) was the losing pitcher after he allowed four runs, two earned, on nine hits over seven innings.
Binghamton scored its lone run in the eighth inning. Colton Plaia led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch from Murphy Smith, cutting the lead to 4-1.
Dominic Smith walked twice but went 0-for-2 and his hitting streak was snapped at 12 games. Gibson went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and Victor Cruzado was 2-for-4.
The B-Mets (56-63) continue the five-game series in Manchester on Tuesday with a doubleheader starting at 6:05 PM. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 5:50 PM on News Radio 1290, WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Colton Plaia threw out all three of the Fisher Cats attempted base stealers and has now caught 19 of 49 (38.8%) attempted stealers this season…the B-Mets were held to a single digit hit total for the first time in their last seven games and the second time in their past nine…Binghamton slid to fifth place in the Eastern Division with the loss
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