Oberste Homer Lifts Rumble Ponies

BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks

July 27, 2017 | Binghamton Rumble Ponies 6, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4 | Eastern League (AA)

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Outhit, but not outscored, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies strung together a 6-4 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at NYSEG Stadium on Thursday in Binghamton, New York.

Matt Oberste notched two extra base hits, the second a game winning home run in the sixth, to lead the Rumble Ponies to a 6-4 victory while only tallying five hits in the game.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first two innings. New Hampshire got on the board in the top of the first with a Lourdes Gurriel bases-loaded walk and added their second run in the second with Jonathan Davis scoring on a Casey Delgado wild pitch.

Binghamton scored their first two runs of the game before they could take the zero out of the hit column. In the first, Champ Stuart led off with a walk before promptly stealing second and third and scoring on a Luis Guillorme groundout. In the second it was Kevin Kaczmarski’s turn as again a leadoff walk led to a stolen base. Kaczmarski moved up on a groundout before scoring on a Tyler Moore sac-fly to tie the game at two.

The Fisher Cats retook the lead in the fifth with Harold Ramirez scoring on a Gurriel single. New Hampshire could have done more damage in the inning, but had two runners thrown out on the base paths. Anthony Alford was thrown out at third on Ramirez’s single and Gurriel was thrown out at second by Moore from home.

In the sixth, Binghamton tied the game at three with a Stuart sac-fly before Oberste unloaded his fifth home run to the rail yard beyond left field adding three runs in the process.

Now down 6-3, New Hamphire scored its last run in the eighth—on an Emilio Guerroro solo-shot to left—before leaving the bases loaded in the ninth.

That ninth inning left Rumble Ponies fans holding their collective breath. Cory Burns came in with two outs after Corey Taylor walked Alford to load the bases. With one pitch Burns closed the game out, but needed a diving catch from Kaczmarski in right to get the out.

The win was huge in terms of playoff contention for the Rumble Ponies as they sit 2.5 games ahead of the Reading Fightin’ Phils for the wild card in the Eastern League Eastern Division and 12 games back of the division leading Trenton Thunder.

New Hampshire sits at the bottom of the Eastern Division with a 42-60 record, just one game ahead of the league’s bottom dweller, the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

SCOREBOARD

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (40-62)             110  010  010 – 4 13 0

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (57-44)             110  004  00X – 6 5 0

THE SERIES

7/27     Binghamton 6, New Hampshire 4

7/28     New Hampshire at Binghamton

7/29     New Hampshire at Binghamton

7/30     New Hampshire at Binghamton

PROSPECT WATCH

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR)

#2        Anthony Alford                      1/3, 2 BB                     .308/.411/.427, 3 HR, 12 RBI

#3        Lourdes Gurriel                      1/3, RBI, BB               .283/.353/.457, HR, 8 RBI

#14      Harold Ramirez                      3/5, R                          .265/.309/.377, 6 HR, 40 RBI

#5        Conner Greene                        5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 3 K

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (NYM)

#15      Luis Guillorme                       0/4, R, RBI, BB           .285/.365/.330, 29 RBI

#26      Corey Taylor                          1.2 IP, 3 H, R, BB

THE BALLPARK

In their first season as the Rumble Ponies (formerly the Binghamton Mets), NYSEG Stadium did a great job with the rebrand. There are Rumble Ponies signage everywhere in the park. The plaza off the right field line is aptly named Rumble Town. A rail yard—from where the Rumble Ponies moniker originated—sits behind left field and a view of some hills of the Alleghany Plateau give the stadium a beautiful backdrop while watching the game.

PROMOTIONS

It was Thirsty Thursday with all beers buy-one-get-one as well as Italian Night at NYSEG Stadium. For Italian Night, raffle tickets were handed out at the door for a chance to win a gift card for one of the various Italian restaurants in Binghamton. The gift card were also the prizes for all on-field promotions on Thursday.

NEXT STOP

Gwinnett Braves at Syracuse Chiefs on July 28.

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