Binghamton Mets Drop Home Opener To New Hampshire Fisher Cats; 3-1

By Michael Lecolant

The Binghamton Mets played their home opener this evening hosting the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  Logan Verrett had the distinction of pitching this year’s first game in NYSEG Stadium.  He was opposed by the Fisher Cats’ Deck McGuire.

June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Over the first three innings, it became clear fans were in store for an old fashioned pitcher’s fuel.  Binghamton broke through for a run in the fourth inning.  Josh Rodriguez doubled, and later scored when Cesar Puello bounced into a fielder’s choice.  New Hampshire finally managed to tie the game off Verrett in the seventh inning when right fielder Adam Loewen led off the frame with a home run.

Logan Verrett pitched seven full innings, allowing one run on seven hits.  He walked one and struck out three.  In Deck McGuire’s seven innings pitched, he allowed the one run while only surrendering two hits.  He walked one batter and struck out five.

The game was then turned over to the respective bullpens.  That’s when things turned against the Mets.  John Church was tasked with starting the eighth inning, but could not complete the frame.  After allowing a lead-off single and recording one out, he surrendered a home run to left fielder Kevin Pillar which put New Hampshire in front by a 3-1 score.  Chase Huchingson was brought in to pitch the final 1.1 innings.

The Mets only mustered one hit off New Hampshire’s bullpen, and were limited to three hits for the game.  Deck McGuire got credit for his first win.  Chad Beck earned his third save.  Logan Verrett was tagged with a no-decision.  John Church took the loss in relief for Binghamton.

In losing to the Fisher Cats, the Binghamton Mets relinquished their early Eastern Division lead, falling one half game behind New Hampshire.  The series resumes Friday evening.  Tyler Pill is scheduled to start for Binghamton.

So far, B-Mets pitchers own an Eastern League low 3.25 team ERA.  They have also issued the fewest walks, and are currently second behind New Hampshire in team WHiP.

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