Binghamton 2, Harrisburg 1
By Joe DeCaro
The B-Mets won in dramatic style on Sunday as Josh Rodriguez laced a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to bring home Pedro Zapata and give Binghamton a 2-1 victory over the Harrisburg Senators at NYSEG Stadium. It was the first walk-off win of the season for the B-Mets.
Greg Peavey started for Binghamton and delivered his best start of the season. Peavey tossed seven innings and allowed just an unearned run on four hits and a walk while fanning three. He didn’t figure in the decision, but did lower his ERA to 4.85 – a full run lower than when he started the game.
Armando Rodriguez came out of the pen in the eighth and fired two no-hit innings and struck out one to earn his first win of the season.
The B-Mets got on the board in the fifth and tied the game 1-1 when Matt den Dekkler scampered home from third base after a throwing error to first base by Harrisburg’s catcher. Pedro Zapata had two hits in the win and den Dekker doubled, scored a run and stole his third base of the season.
B-Mets Buzz: Josh Rodriguez’ walk-off single was Binghamton’s first hit with a runner in scoring position after going 0-11 to start the game. Armando Rodrigues continues to be a big weapon out of the pen and lowered his ERA to 0.95 this season. Southpaw Mark Cohoon takes the mound as Binghamton begins a three-game series tonight against the New Britain Rock Cats at 6:35 PM.
Dunedin 5, St. Lucie 3 – Game 1
St. Lucie 8, Dunedin 0 – Game 2
By Clayton Collier
Coming off their win in the series opener, the Mets split a doubleheader with the Dunedin Blue Jays, taking the second game 8-0 after dropping the first game 5-3.
The first game of the day left much to be desired all around. Chris Huchingson went only five innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits with walking four and punching out six. The most trouble for Huchingson came in the fourth, when the Blue Jays managed four runs off of him on four hits including two doubles, staking the Jays to a lead they wouldn’t surrender for the remainder of the game.
The Mets got the benefit of some awful pitching on Dunedin’s part. With three walks a knock and an error, the Mets scored three runs to pull within two, but despite the rally and an great effort by John Church, St. Lucie fell to the Jays 5-3.
The second act had a much happier ending as the Mets came back to take the second ballgame of the doubleheader by a score of 8-0.
Kyle Allen got his first start in place of the recently called-up Gonzalez German and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless frames, surrendering seven hits and no walks while striking out three. Ryan Fraser and Hamilton Bennett also had excellent outings as they qualified for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, ensuring a Mets victory in this match.
The real story however, was the offense, who after being limited to three hits earlier in the day, exploded for 15 hits and eight runs. Scoring six runs in the fifth an sixth innings, the Mets were able to cruise an eight-run lead to victory, picking up their 24th win on the year.
Lucie Logistics: The offense was on fire in the second contest as five Mets had multi-hit games including Cesar Puello, Richard Lucas and Rafael Fernandez who had three-hit games, Lucas also had three RBIs. Danny Muno hit a solo shot in the sixth, part of his 2-4 night in the second game. Robbie Shields went 3-6 with a double, two walks and two stolen bases in the doubleheader yesterday. Cory Vaughn had a rough night, going 0-7 with a walk and two strikeouts. The St. Lucie Mets wrap up their series with the Blue Jays today at 10:30 AM.
Lakewood 4, Savannah 0
By Joe DeCaro
The Lakewood Blue Claws defeated Savannah on Sunday 4-0 and snapped their six-game win streak, their second such streak this season.
Rafael Montero started the game for Savannah and held Lakewood scoreless through the first four innings, but ran into a little trouble in the fifth when he allowed two runs to score after a walk and three singles. In his five innings of work Montero yielded just those two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three. The right-hander was charged with the loss and is now 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA this season.
Chasen Bradford followed up Montero with three innings of shaky relief allowing two more runs to score on four hits including a home run, a walk and just one strikeout.
Offensively the Gnats came up empty and they were only able to muster four hits in the game. The only bright spot being shortstop TJ Rivera who went 2-4 to boost his average to .368, good enough for second in the Sally League.
Gnats Gnotes: Savannah ranks 12th in the league in batting with an unsightly .232 mark, but lead the league in most pitching categories including ERA (2.68), shutouts (5) and WHIP (1.12). The Gnats and Blue Claws continue their series tonight at 7:05 PM.