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Clutch Bats deliver another victory in the Fisher Cats series

#11 Orelvis Martinez and #1 Luis De Los Santos/Photo courtesy of Kristin Basnett

Binghamton, NY- The Fisher Cats are 9-3 in their last 12 games, good for their best two-week streak of the season. On Saturday night, New Hampshire (27-28) won, 7-5, against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets, 20-35) to clinch their second consecutive series victory.

In a home-and-away game, New Hampshire trailed, 5-4, heading into the top of the eighth. Binghamton’s Andrew Mitchell has hitted back-to-back batters and trailed New Hampshire’s nine-hitter Zac Cook 3-0. Mitchell tried to sneak a fastball to the plate for a strike, but instead Cook smashed a three-run homer on the center field wall.

The home run put New Hampshire up, 7-5, and was the decisive blow in New Hampshire’s decisive win. The blast was Cook’s first since returning from the injured list on June 8, and his seventh of the season.

Early in the first, Spencer Horwitz and Orelvis Martinez hit the bats with back-to-back homers. The Horwitz circuit was crushed to the center right for its second big steal of the week. He’s hitting .385 in June with three doubles, two homers and seven RBIs.

Martinez’s outburst was his 15th of the year and ended a 10-game no-hitter streak. Ranked No. 2 in the Blue Jays system by MLB.com, Martinez is tied for third in the Eastern League in homers. He went 2 for 4 on the night with two RBIs

First baseman John Aiello had his second straight game with multiple hits. He went 2-for-5 and scored in the third inning to put New Hampshire ahead, 3-0.

Fisher Cats starter Adam Kloffenstein allowed two runs in his first two innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Kloffenstein started the inning with a walk and a hit per pitch, which led to his departure. Binghamton then added three runs on two hits in the inning to move ahead, 5-4.

The New Hampshire bullpen was strong again and helped spur the comeback. Cre Finfrock worked a scoreless sixth inning and Sean Mellen (W, 2-0) threw shutout frames in the seventh and eighth with three strikeouts. Sean Rackoski pitched for the second straight night and earned the stoppage with a perfect ninth inning.

The Fisher Cats return home to Delta Dental Stadium on June 14 for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch against the Somerset Patriots (New York Yankees). The Patriots are in second place in the Eastern League Northeast Division with a 35-20 record.