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Pitching Fuels Ponies To Victory Over Fisher Cats

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BINGHAMTON, NY – Rumble Ponies starter Mike Gibbons matched a career-high with eight strikeouts to lead Binghamton to a 4-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on a chilly Monday night at NYSEG Stadium. His battery mate, Patrick Mazeika, delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the third to send the Ponies to their second straight win.

Gibbons fought through the bitter first-pitch temperature of 39 degrees to strike out the first two Fisher Cats he faced before surrendering back-to-back doubles. Kevin Smith’s run-scoring two-bagger put New Hampshire on top, but proved to be the only blemish on Gibbons’ tab.

Gibbons (1-0) allowed one run on five hits over five innings to collect the victory. His eight strikeouts were the most in a game since he fanned that many Jupiter Hammerheads on August 7, 2018 while pitching for the St. Lucie Mets (High-A).

The Rumble Ponies (4-2) continue their three-game set against the Fisher Cats on Tuesday at 6:35 PM.