The Binghamton Mets and New Britain Rock Cats played two on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium, with both teams taking one game of the doubleheader. In game one, the B-Mets battled back from being down five to two to win nine to eight in walk off fashion. Game two saw the Rock Cats score eight runs again, and this time the B-Mets were unable to come back as they dropped the nightcap by an eight to one tally.
Game one saw Cory Mazzoni on the mound at the outset for the B-Mets, making his ninth start of the season for Binghamton and his first against the Rock Cats. Of Mazzoni’s nine starts, four of them have come in doubleheaders. Mazzoni lasted six innings allowing six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits. He struck out three and walked two.
Adam Kolarek made his fourth relief appearance for Binghamton in the game, replacing Mazzoni in the top of the seventh inning. In his one inning of work, Kolarek allowed two runs on four hits, including a leadoff home run by Aaron Hicks, while striking out one and walking one. Kolarek was the pitcher of record for the B-Mets when they walked off with the win in the bottom of the frame, earning him his second win in four games.
At the plate, the B-Mets scraped themselves back into the game after New Britain went up by five runs in the top of the second. With two runs in the bottom of the third, fifth, and sixth innings by Binghamton, as well as a solo run by the Rock Cats in the top of the sixth, the teams went into the final inning knotted at six. New Britain took the lead in the top of the seventh, but in the bottom of the frame Binghamton plated three runs and earned their 55th win of the season.
Juan Lagares had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Dustin Martin, who scored the winning run in the game, was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Reese Havens hit his ninth home run of the season, a two run shot in the bottom of the third to put the B-Mets on the board for the first time in the game. Havens was 1-for-1 with three walks.
In game two, the Rock Cats equaled their game one run production and this time around the B-Mets weren’t able to overcome the deficit losing the night cap by an eight to one score.
Gonzalez Germen made the start for the B-Mets, throwing five innings total giving up six earned runs on six hits. Germen struck out eight and walked three in the game, and with the loss his record now stands at six and nine on the season for Binghamton.
Adrian Rosario threw one inning of relief, giving up two earned runs on two hits, striking out one and walking one. Brandon Moore made his first appearance since returning from the disabled list, throwing a clean sheet and striking out two in the seventh inning. Moore had been on the disabled list since June 20th with a right quad strain. He threw a total of ten pitches in his one inning, eight of which were for strikes.
The B-Mets batters were fairly silent in game two, with only two hits to their credit. Eric Campbell went 1-for-3 in the game, credited with a single in the first inning although he was thrown out at second trying to leg out a double. Francisco Pena proved to be the B-Mets only run in the game, hitting his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pena ended up 1-for-2 at the plate, striking out in his other at bat.
B-Mets Buzz: Game three of the series will be Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium, with Darin Gorski (6-6, 4.09) going up against New Britains Aaron Thompson (3-6, 5.43). The doubleheader was the sixth for the B-Mets in 2012, and the third time they have split the decision. With 26 games to go, the B-Mets remain eight games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division.