Wizard of Oswalt Sends Ponies Past Goats, 2-0
HARTFORD, CT – Binghamton starter Corey Oswalt hit a home run and tossed 6-2/3 scoreless innings to carry the Rumble Ponies past the Hartford Yard Goats, 2-0, on Tuesday night at Dunkin Donuts Park. Oswalt broke a scoreless game with a long ball in the sixth and teamed up with Tim Peterson and Cory Burns to secure Binghamton’s tenth shutout win of the season.
Hartford starter Ryan Castellani had cruised before Oswalt’s homer. The righty retired 15 of the first 17 Ponies he faced leading up to the blast. Opening the sixth inning, Oswalt golfed Castellani’s 1-2 pitch over the left-field wall. The long ball was the first home run by a Binghamton pitcher since Tyler Pill went deep in 2014.
Before the blast, Oswalt had ducked trouble through his first three innings, stranding four and keeping the Yard Goats off the board. Hartford loaded the bases in the fourth, but the rally fell apart when Ashley Graeter was picked off at third base by catcher Tomas Nido. Gustavo Nunez and Luis Guillorme turned a slick double play to derail a potential rally in the fifth.
Buoyed by his first career hit in the top of the sixth, Oswalt worked a perfect sixth inning. He retired two of three batters he faced in the seventh before ceding to Peterson. The Pony reliever set down Omar Carrizales to preserve the lead.
Matt Oberste tacked an insurance run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth against reliever Johendi Jiminian. Peterson returned to toss a blank eighth before Burns retired the side in order in the ninth to claim his sixth save.
The righty threw a season-high 108 pitches.
The Rumble Ponies (40-32) continue their only regular season series in Hartford on Wednesday at 7:05 PM. RHP Marcos Molina takes the mound against RHP Yency Almonte.
POSTGAME NOTES: Tyler Pill was the most recent Binghamton pitcher to hit a homer (June 19, 2014 v Richmond)…including Scarlyn Reyes’ spot-start on Saturday, Rumble Pony relievers have thrown 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings…David Thompson extended his hitting streak to 11 games…the start of the game was delayed by 70 minutes due to a pregame rain storm
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