It took two innings of free baseball to do it, but the Binghamton Mets won the rubber match of their series against the Harrisburg Senators on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium by a score of 4-3. Dustin Martin’s one out single in the bottom of the twelfth inning scored Raul Reyes from second base leading the B-Mets to their 53rd win of the season.
Cory Mazzoni was on the hill for the B-Mets, throwing a total of seven innings, an inning count he has reached in half of his eight starts in Binghamton this season. Mazzoni gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on ten hits, striking out four and walking two.
Brad Holt made his first relief appearance since July 25th, throwing two thirds of an inning, allowing one hit and walking one. C.J. Nitkowski pitched the remained of the eighth inning and the ninth as well, striking out one, allowing no hits and no runs. In five total appearances so far this season for Nitkowski, he’s thrown four and a third innings, allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out seven.
Ryan Fraser threw the tenth and eleventh innings, holding the Senators to one hit and preserving the tie for the B-Mets. Fraser also struck out one Harrisburg batter on the night as well. Adam Kolarek would prove to be the final pitcher of the night used by Pedro Lopez and in the process earned his first career win at the Double A level as he was the pitcher of record when the B-Mets walked off in the bottom of the twelfth. Kolarek struck out one and walked one in the top of that frame, while putting up donuts in the hit and run columns.
On offense, the B-Mets batters were faced with rehabbing major leaguer Chien-Ming Wang at the outset. Wang, who is on the road back to the Washington Nationals after suffering a right hip strain in early July, was making his fourth start for the Senators. B-Mets batters tagged Wang for seven hits over six and two-thirds innings, and all but the winning run was scored off of him as well.
Dustin Martin, who’s single in the bottom of the twelfth produced the walk off win for the B-Mets, went 3-for-6 in the game extending his hitting streak to eight games. Martin was credited with two RBI’s and a run scored, and also struck out twice in the game.
Raul Reyes was 3-for-4 on the night with a walk and run scored. Sean Kazmar proved to be the final B-Met batter with a multi-hit outing going 3-for-6 with a triple – his second of the season – and run scored.
Every other positional player on the B-Mets had a hit off of the Senators pitchers in the game, including Juan Lagares who went 1-for-5, his one hit being a solo home run off of Wang in the third inning, his third of 2012. Lagares has now hit safely in seven straight games. Allan Dykstra, who pinch hit for Nitkowski in the ninth inning, snapped a five game hitless streak with single to right field.
B-Mets Buzz: The B-Mets are off to Reading, Pennsylvania now for a four game series weekend series against the Phillies. The series will include a doubleheader on Saturday evening, with game one being the makeup from a game that was postponed due to rain on May 29th. Friday nights pitching matchup will pit the B-Mets Darin Gorski (6-5, 3.98) against the Phillies Ethan Martin (8-6, 3.58). Thursday nights extra innings game was the seventh the B-Mets have played in 2012, and with the walk off win their record now stands at 4-and-3.