Through the raindrops at NYSEG Stadium on Thursday night the B-Mets batters pounded out thirteen hits and took the rubber match by defeating the New Britain Rock Cats by a score of six to four. Binghamton scored five unanswered runs over two innings in the middle of the game before the Rock Cats made things interesting by pulling within one in the top of the seventh. The B-Mets added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh and when all was said and done the home team took the win and the series three games to one.
Greg Peavey made his twenty-first start of the season for the B-Mets, looking for his third win in his last four games. Peavey pitched six and a third innings for Binghamton, giving up four earned runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking only one Rock Cats batter. He threw a total of 105 pitches in the game, with 66 of them for strikes. Peavey earned his sixth win of the season in the game.
Jeff Kaplan took the mound in relief of Peavey in the seventh inning. Kaplan finished the final two thirds of the inning in the seventh, and pitched the eighth as well, allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out one. Kaplan was issued the hold in the game, his third of the season for Binghamton.
Ryan Fraser was called upon in the ninth to close out the game for the B-Mets. In the final frame, Fraser walked one and struck out one, while allowing no runs on no hits, enroute to his second save of the season.
Reese Havens, batting leadoff for the second night in a row, went 4-for-5 in the game with a run scored. It was his eleventh multi-hit game of the season and first game with four hits in 2012. Wilmer Flores, who continues his tour around the infield starting his twelfth game at second base on Thursday night, was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored.
Jefry Marte went 2-for-4 with his eighteenth double of the season as well as his 53rd RBI. Pedro Zapata, who started the game in center field, was 2-for-4 as well with a run scored.
In the field, New Britain’s runners tested B-Mets catcher Juan Centeno early in the game, with Centeno being equal to the task. In the second, a strike him out, throw him out play ended the top half of that frame, and in the third inning Centeno gunned down Estarlin De Los Santos for the first out of the inning. After that point, New Britain did not attempt any further steals.
B-Mets Buzz: Juan Lagares missed his second game in a row on Thursday night, and Lynn Worthy of the Press & Sun-Bulletin is reporting that he is day-to-day after tweaking his ankle while running the bases. Binghamton is off to Harrisburg now for a three game series against the Senators over the weekend. Friday night’s game will feature Mark Cohoon (6-8, 3.72) against Harrisburg’s Ryan Perry (1-2, 1.54). With the win Thursday night, the B-Mets are six and a half games behind now second place Reading for the final playoff spot.