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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fisher Cats split doubleheader with Mets

Ryan Schimpf tallied two doubles, a homer, and five RBI to power the Fisher Cats (18-34) to a doubleheader split against the Binghamton Mets (29-22) on Wednesday night. Schimpf picked up four RBI in a 7-5 loss in game one, and then doubled and drove home one more as the Fisher Cats picked up a 5-2 win in the nightcap.

The teams continued the game that was started on Tuesday night before heavy rain forced the suspension in the bottom of the second. The Mets had built a 6-0 lead against Matt Boyd on Tuesday, getting a two-run double and a three-run homer from Kevin Plawecki to account for most of the damage. ...

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Ryan Schimpf tallied two doubles, a homer, and five RBI to power the Fisher Cats (18-34) to a doubleheader split against the Binghamton Mets (29-22) on Wednesday night. Schimpf picked up four RBI in a 7-5 loss in game one, and then doubled and drove home one more as the Fisher Cats picked up a 5-2 win in the nightcap.

The teams continued the game that was started on Tuesday night before heavy rain forced the suspension in the bottom of the second. The Mets had built a 6-0 lead against Matt Boyd on Tuesday, getting a two-run double and a three-run homer from Kevin Plawecki to account for most of the damage.

When the game resumed, the Fisher Cats didn’t take long to put some runs on the board. In the top of the third, Jonathan Jones doubled and Andy Burns drew a two-out walk against reliever Tyler Pill (W; 2-5). Schimpf followed with his tenth homer of the season, a towering shot to right field to cut the Mets’ lead in half at 6-3.

Schimpf tallied into the next rally, bouncing into a forceout to cut the lead to 6-4 in the fifth. A triple by newcomer Jorge Flores made it a one-run game as he brought home Kevin Nolan in the sixth.

That was as close as the Fisher Cats would get as Binghamton pushed across one more in the bottom of the sixth. The bullpen carried it the rest of the way with three scoreless innings between Adam Kolarek and Chasen Bradford (S, 11).

In the nightcap, the Fisher Cats drew first blood in the third inning. Kevin Nolan reached ona single, stole second, and then went to third on a groundout. With Schimpf batting, he scored on a wild pitch to make it a 1-0 lead.

On the wild pitch, starter Rainy Lara injured his ankle and was removed from the game for reliever Hamilton Bennett. Schimpf greeted Bennett with a double to right field. He came around to score when new Fisher Cat Hector Gimenez found the gap in right-center to push the lead to 2-0.

A couple of two-out strikes padded the Fisher Cats lead in the sixth. Matt Newman tripled to right field to score Gimenez. Newman then came across an on infield single by Michael Crouse to make it a 4-0 game.

Casey Lawrence pitched into the sixth inning before the Mets got to him for a pair of runs. The first scored when the lead-off hitter in the sixth, Wilfredo Tovar, reached on an error. He came in on a Kyle Johnson triple to left-center. After Tyler Ybarra relieved Lawrence, Johnson scored when Matt Clark doubled to left with two outs to pull the Mets within two.

The Fisher Cats quickly got one of those runs back thanks to Berti and Schimpf in the seventh. Berti walked, stole second, and then took third on a wild pick-off throw. He scored when Schimpf grounded out to second base for his fifth RBI in the doubleheader.

Lawrence (W; 3-4) got the win with five innings of strong work. He gave up two runs, both unearned, while allowing just four hits in his fifth appearance against the Mets this season. Randy Boone worked the seventh for his third save of the year.