MANCHESTER — A wet and wild splash day lived up to the billing yesterday afternoon as the Fisher Cats (43-46) used a five-run eighth inning and an assist from Mother Nature to win the rubber game of their holiday weekend series with the Binghamton Mets, 7-6.
The eighth-inning rally capped a back-and-forth affair that included a fifth-inning rain delay and two Binghamton (53-33) home runs in the ninth before a second batch of rain ended the game early in the Fisher Cats favor.
The action heated up in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Fisher Cats trailing the first-place Mets, 3-2. Mets reliever John Church (2-4) issued walks to three of the first four hitters to begin the inning, loading the bases up for Ryan Schimpf. Binghamton brought on lefty Pedro Feliciano to protect the lead, and he failed by allowing a bases-clearing double to Ryan Schimpf to put the Fisher Cats on top 5-3.
The inning wasn’t over, however, as Kevin Nolan followed with a single to put runners at the corners. That brought up Kevin Ahrens, who laced his second double into the left field corner to score Schimpf and Nolan for a 7-3 advantage.
Spinners’ offense struggles in loss
BROOKLYN — After tying the game at three in the top half of the eighth inning, the Lowell Spinners could not complete the comeback last night as a two-out bloop to left-centerfield turned into a run-scoring double as Manuel Margot and Aaron King collided as the ball fell to the ground. Pat Biondi scampered home from second base and the Brooklyn Cyclones held on for a 4-3 win.
The Lowell offense struggled for the second consecutive night, picking up just four hits after scoring their first two runs without the benefit of a hit. King extended his hitting streak to eight games with his RBI single, while the Spinners (11-9) took advantage of the Brooklyn walks to steal four bases.