Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New Hampshire Fisher Cats pounded out 14 hits, including seven extra-base hits, to defeat the Binghamton Mets 9-3 Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Brad Glenn and Brian Van Kirk provided home runs to power the Fisher Cats offense.
For the third time this season, the Fisher Cats bats were alive against B-Mets starter Darin Gorski. They grabbed the lead against the lefty in the second with an RBI single from Brad McElroy.
The B-Mets briefly tied the game in the third against New Hampshire starter Joel Carreno. Kai Gronauer ripped a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for his first home run of the season.
It was the only blemish for Carreno (1-1) in his third start with the Fisher Cats since being optioned from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the month. The righty struck out seven and allowed just two hits over five innings in the win.
Brad Glenn countered for the Fisher Cats with a solo home run of his own in the fourth. Brian Van Kirk added a two-run shot against Gorski in the fifth. It was the second time in as many games that Gorski has allowed two home runs. A double by Brian Bocock chased the southpaw from the game. Gorski (2-3) was tagged for four runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings in the losing effort.
After the Fisher Cats extended their lead to 5-1 with a run against Kevin Mulvey in the sixth, Jefry Marte supplied an RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning against reliever Scott Gracey. Yet again, New Hampshire responded with a run as Glenn provided a sacrifice fly against Armando Rodriguez in the top of the seventh.
Josh Rodriguez singled home Matt den Dekker in the eighth to cut the deficit to three, but it was as close as the B-Mets would get. The Fisher Cats scored three runs on four hits in the ninth against Brad Holt to put the game out of reach. Aaron Loup worked around a lead-off single to post a scoreless ninth to cap the win.
The B-Mets (22-24) continue their four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Saturday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Greg Peavey takes the mound against LHP Brett Cecil.