Binghamton 5 - New Hampshire 4

Press Release:

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies took the three-game series from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, behind a 5-4 win at NYSEG Stadium on Wednesday night. Binghamton’s rubber-game win comes just six days after New Hampshire nabbed the decisive third game from the Rumble Ponies in Manchester. 

Matt Oberste’s two-out bases loaded ninth-inning walk pushed home Champ Stuart, earning the Rumble Ponies their first walk-off victory of the season. The final frame rally was kickstarted by Stuart, who doubled down the left field line to snap a season-beginning 0-for-20 slump. Gunnar Heidt temporarily kept the winning-run on the base paths when his diving catch robbed Jeff McNeil of a walk-off hit. Zack Jackson (1-1) would issue three consecutive walks – two intentional – aiding Binghamton in their Wednesday night win. 

The Rumble Ponies eighth win of the season was spearheaded by starting pitcher Nabil Crismatt, who turned in another stellar start in the Southern Tier. The 23-year-old Colombian retired the first 11 Fisher Cats before allowing a fourth-inning single to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Binghamton’s bats awoke in the bottom of the fifth to break the scoreless tie. Levi Michael started the rally by laying down a one-out bunt up the third-base line. The shortstop legged it out for an infield hit, with Tyler Moore coming to the plate. Before Moore could take a hack, Michael advanced to second on Nick Tepesch’s wild pitch. Moore followed by roping a single up the middle, plating Michael for a 1-0 lead. Moments later, with Jeff McNeil batting, Tepesch tossed another wild pitch, allowing Moore to score for a 2-0 Binghamton advantage.

Crismatt allowed just one run over his six innings – a run-scoring two-out single from Guerrero Jr. in the sixth inning. The right-hander limited the league’s top offense to three hits, while whiffing six. Crismatt has given up just one earned run in 18 innings pitched at NYSEG Stadium this season.

The Ponies’ two-run sixth inning padded their lead and gave Crismatt some breathing room. Peter Alonso began the frame by belting his fourth home run of the season. His towering shot over the left field wall puts him back in the team lead in long balls. Kevin Taylor followed in Alonso’s lead by singling, extending his hitting streak to five games. Levi Michael pushed Taylor home later in the frame on a fielders’ choice, compounded by Bo Bichette’s throwing error.

Tepesch (2-2) was yanked in the middle of Binghamton’s sixth-inning rally. He twirled 5.1 innings of four-run baseball (three earned), while walking three and whiffing five.

Parker Cantwell’s leadoff ninth-inning blast off of Tyler Bashlor brought New Hampshire within one run, and knocked Bashlor out of the game. Luis Rojas summoned Joshua Torres (1-0) from the bullpen, who coughed up back-to-back singles to Jonathan Davis and Bo Bichette, before Guerrero’s game-tying sacrifice fly. 

Binghamton (8-9) kicks off a six-game road trip on Friday night starting in Erie. RHP Mickey Jannis gets the start against RHP Spencer Turnbull with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM at UPMC Park. 

POSTGAME NOTES:The Rumble Ponies scored first for the fifth time this season and are 5-0 in those games…Levi Michael extended his hitting streak to six games, tied with Patrick Mazeika for the longest by a Rumble Pony in 2018…Tyler Bashlor allowed his first Double-A run, ending his scoreless streak at 23.0 innings…It’s the first series New Hampshire has lost this season


Anonymous said...

Wishful Expectation versus Realistic Expectation...

This is where this team, its writers and reporters, and all us fans sometimes get really lost. Some call it, "The Greg Jeffries Story."

How does this happen?

Excitement is created at draft time. The player becomes heralded even before putting on his first professional spikes. Then, there may be a good early-on day or a streak for that player playing lower down in minor league ball. The rumors begin to fly.

Good examples today here and now...

Marcus Molina. Woe Betty, everyone (incl. me) thought he was going to be the guy we all wanted him to be.

There are a few others but I will not mention them. You all know what I mean. It happens with every MLB team.

Stay real.

Anonymous said...

Pete Alonso has all us fans and writers genuinely not able to wait until he gets up here. Zach Borenstein is looking like he is developing, he's cut down on some of his strikeouts. Should make for an interesting fourth or fifth outfielder someday.
Starting and Relief...

Jake pitched a terrific game last night, nothing new. Noah and Jake are the real deal. Beyond these two, it's kind of hard to tell what's what yet really. Tonight Vargas gets the ball.

I like the idea of Lugo starting again, if he wants to. I say this because sometimes a starter goes to the bullpen and he loves it there and and does not want to start ever again.

Gsellman, I like him in relief more, he looks like a relief pitcher, natural, cool, calm and menacing.

As someone mentioned here today (TOM B.?)that Matz might do better in the bullpen pitching 1-2 inning stints from there. I think that it makes some sense. But imagine having both Harvey and Matz lights out from the bullpen. I'll take it. Think of the games this team could win.

Still maybe/might look into catchers Max Stassi or JT Realmuto, but at the right cost. And a lefty set-up man, can one be found?

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