New Hampshire 16, Binghamton 3
By Tim Burns
The Binghamton Mets lost mightily to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium by a score of 16-3. It was the most runs given up by the B-Mets this season, but luckily they didn’t set any new club records in runs allowed in a game. That dubious honor belongs to the 2003 team who gave up 20 runs in a game against the Trenton Thunder in August of that season.
Binghamton starter Greg Peavey lasted 2 1/3, giving up eleven runs on twelve hits including two home runs, while striking out three. Edgar Ramirez relieved Peavey in the top of the third, and pitched the next 3 2/3. Ramirez’s line read four runs on four hits, including two home runs, and two strike outs. Reliever Armando Rodriguez was the only B-Mets pitcher to not give up a run on Thursday night, pitching the seventh and eighth innings, allowing only one hit – a double in the seventh – while striking out one. Erik Turgeon pitched the ninth, allowing one run on one hit.
Matt den Dekker homered for the second night in a row, a shot over the center field wall in the first inning. Den Dekker would have two singles on the evening as well. The B-Mets next two runs, and their final tallies of the game, would come in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Josh Rodriguez singled, Jefry Marte came up next and hit a double to center field, scoring Rodriguez from first. Marte advanced to third when Travis Ozga reached first on a fielding error by the Fisher Cats first baseman Mike McDade. Marte then scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Rafael Fernandez.
New Hampshire starter Yohan Pino would get the win, pitching six innings, striking out eight B-Mets batters, while giving up three runs on seven hits. Greg Peavey was issued the loss for Binghamton.
B-Mets Buzz: On Friday, pitcher Robert Carson was optioned back to the Binghamton Mets from the New York Mets. The B-Mets now begin a seven game road trip with stops in Erie, Friday through Sunday, and Akron, Monday through Thursday. Probable pitchers for the B-Mets in Erie are Mark Cohoon (1-2, 2.50), Collin McHugh (3-1, 1.59), and Zach Wheeler (0-2, 1.80).
St. Lucie 1, Jupiter 0
By Clayton Collier
St. Lucie outlasted the Jupiter Hammerheads in an old-fashioned pitching duel, taking the second game of the series 1-0. The Mets’ Erik Goeddel and Hammerheads Edgar Olmos had identically dominant performances as both went five shutout frames while surrendering just three hits each. Goeddel struck out five in the game while walking one. Great effort by the Mets righty.
It wasn’t until it got to the bullpen that the two respective teams’ pitching went in opposite directions. St. Lucie’s DJ Carrasco and Adrian Rosario combined for four hitless innings, while Jupiter’s Michael Ojala gave up the only run of the game in the form of a Robbie Shields single to plate Alonzo Harris in the seventh. Rosario came on to shut the door, picking up his third save and clinching the Mets 16th victory of the season.
Lucie Logistics: DJ Carrasco has yet to allow a run in his rehab stint in St. Lucie. Wilmer Flores went 2-4 yesterday, raising his average to .323 on the year. If he keeps this up, a call to Binghamton could be in his future. The Mets will look to take the rubber game of the series at Jupiter tonight at 6:35 PM.
West Virginia 9, Savannah 4
By Brandon Butler
Unfortunately for Gnats pitcher Domingo Tapia, his start against the Power didn’t go according to plan at all. Tapia would be ousted early on in the game, lasting only 1.1 innings and allowing eight earned runs on eight hits and tossing in a balk for bad measure. It was not the kind of start the Gnats were hoping for.
Offensively, Savannah would get things going in the top of the second inning as Dustin Lawley would hit a solo home run to left field. After Lawley’s blast, the Gnats would get three more consecutive hits from Brian Harrison, Charles Thurber, and Gregory Pron to bring home another run.
In the third inning, T.J. Rivera hit a solo home run to left field. Lastly, the Gnats would get their final run of the night on an RBI groundout by Brandon Brown in the sixth inning.
Gnats Gnotes: After Domingo Tapia was rocked in the first inning, the Gnats bullpen was able to shut down the Power. Relievers Carlos Vazquez, Jeffrey Waters, and Chasen Bradford combined to throw 6.2 innings and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out four. Not bad at all. T.J. Rivera, Dustin Lawley, Charles Thurber, and Gregory Pron each had two hits. The Savannah Sand Gnats will play the final game of the 4-game set against the West Virginia Power tonight at 7:05 PM. Tyler Pill will take the hill.