The @Rumble Ponies are the new team riding into the Double-A this season. They started their new era with a doubleheader sweep against New Hampshire Fish Cats.
Formerly known as the Binghamton Mets, the New York Mets affiliate kicked off this new identity in the right direction. The Ponies’ pitching got the season started as Tyler Pill and Cory Burns combined for a 7-inning shutout to win 2-0. Pill, drafted in 2011 by NYM, pitched 5.1 innings with seven hits and 2 strikeouts. Burns was called in the 6th inning to relieve Pill and ended the game with one hit allowed and matches Pill’s two strikeouts.
The offense managed six hits on the Fish Cats. Champ Stuart (CF) and Patrick Biondi (LF) drove in the sole two runs of the game on groundouts in the 2nd and 4th inning.
The second game was highlighted by the Rumble Ponies’ offense with a 8-2 win over New Hampshire. Designated hitter Matt Oberste was the main producer of runs with 3 RBIs on the day along with three hits.
The Ponies batted around in the fifth inning and put up seven runs to open the gate in the game. The Fish Cats tried to answer after a Raffy Lopez 2-run home run in the bottom of the inning but the combination of Tim Peterson and Corey Taylor out of the bullpen shut the down on the Fish Cats’ offense in the 6th and 7th innings.
Starter P.J. Conlon pitched five innings while giving up five hits, two runs off the home run, and five strikeouts.
The brand new Rumble Ponies are off to a fast start. The Mets hope the revamped affiliate can have a productive season and provide young talent they can look forward to calling up. They do have some highly ranked talent in Binghamton like catcher Tomas Nido and shortstop Luis Guillorme. The big leagues will keep an eye on those two and the rest of the Rumble Ponies.