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B-Mets win streak stopped at seven

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MANCHESTER, NH – The Binghamton Mets failed to solve New Hampshire starter John Anderson and watched their seven-game winning streak come to an end in a 3-2 loss to the Fisher Cats on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The southpaw kept Binghamton off the board through six while two relievers closed the door with three scoreless innings to hand the B-Mets their first loss since June 10.

The Fisher Cats drew first blood against Robert Gsellman in their first turn at-bat, filling the bases on an infield single and two walks. Kevin Nolan brought home the game’s first run by ripping a ground ball up the third-base line. Dustin Lawley took an extra-base hit away from Nolan and kept the damage to one run my smothering the scorcher with a dive to his right. Gsellman nearly escaped, but skipped a wild pitch with two outs, prompting Jon Berti to dash home with New Hampshire’s second run.

Anderson deftly handled the B-Mets through six scoreless innings. The lefty retired the first 10 batters he faced before walking LJ Mazzilli in the fourth. Michael Conforto followed with a single, but was doubled off first when Brock Peterson flied out to right field.

New Hampshire extended their lead in the sixth. KC Hobson ripped a single to center, beat a fielder’s choice to second, took third on a walk and came home on a sacrifice fly by Matt Newman.

The insurance run proved to be a necessary one for New Hampshire. Dalton Pompey misplayed Conforto’s fly ball to left into a leadoff triple in the seventh. Peterson put Binghamton on the board by lining an RBI single into left. Anderson gave way to the Fisher Cats bullpen after Brandon Nimmo collected Binghamton’s third straight hit, singling to right.

Greg Burke inherited two runners and immediately coaxed a double play out of Xorge Carrillo. Lawley followed by rolling a run-producing infield single to third, cutting New Hampshire’s lead to one. Burke stranded the tying run on second by retiring Jared King to end the inning.

Jimmy Cordero took over in the eighth and collected three straight fly outs before firing a perfect ninth to earn his first career Double-A save.

Anderson (2-3) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings to snap a nine-game winless skid and earn his second win against the B-Mets. Gsellman (1-3) posted his third straight quality start, but took the loss.

The B-Mets (35-31) continue their four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Saturday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Seth Lugo takes the hill against RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: Michael Conforto recorded his third straight multiple-hit game…the B-Mets pitching staff has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position in the last 26 at-bats by their opponents…the loss snapped a four-game winning streak by the B-Mets in series openers

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)