Germen Hard Luck Loser, Martin Extends Hitting Streak, Francisco Wraps Up Rehab

An article by posted on August 2, 2012

Twenty four hours later the final score of 3-2 was the same, but this time around the Binghamton Mets were on the losing end of the decision dropping game two of the series against the Harrisburg Senators.

On the mound for the B-Mets, Gonzalez Germen threw a total of seven innings in the game and in the process suffered his eighth loss of the season. In his outing on Wednesday night, Germen allowed three runs – two of which were earned – on six hits, struck out seven and walked only one. It was Germen’s first start for Binghamton since his brief stint with the Buffalo Bisons where he recorded a win in his only appearance, giving up four runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Louisville Bats on July 26th.

Frank Franciscio made his fifth rehab assignment appearance for Binghamton, relieving Germen in the eighth inning. Francisco threw a total of 19 pitches, 13 of which were for strikes. In his one inning of work, he allowed one double, no runs, struck out none and walked none. Francisco has now kept his opponents off the scoreboard in the last four games he’s pitched at Double A.

Armando Rodriguez came on in the ninth to pitch the final frame for the B-Mets, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the inning.

At the plate, starting pitcher Gonzalez Germen was credited with the only RBI in the game for the home team. Germen’s single to center field scored Wilfredo Tovar in the bottom of the fifth for the B-Mets first run of the game.

Dustin Martin, who went 1-for-3 in the game, scored Binghamton’s second and final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. After Martin singled to lead off the frame, he advanced to second on a Juan Centeno sacrifice bunt. With Wilmer Flores at the plate next, a wild pitch by Harrisburg’s Marco Frias and a throwing error by catcher Devin Ivany allowed Martin to score from second base.

Martin continued his season long hitting streak, a streak that now stands at seven games. Juan Lagares has now hit safely in six games by going 1-for-4 on Wednesday night. Jefry Marte’s streak came to an end at six games with his 0-for-4 performance, and Allan Dykstra’s hit drought was extended to five games when he went 0-for-2 with two walks.

B-Mets Buzz: Terry Collins told reporters that Frank Francisco would rejoin the Mets this weekend in San Diego after he pitches tonight in back-to-back outings. Francisco has been on the disabled list since late June with a strained oblique. As was previously reported Zack Wheeler was promoted to Buffalo yesterday and that’s as far as he’ll go for the rest of this season. Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters it was unlikely Wheeler will pitch in the big leagues this season because of a 150 innings pitched limit. The series finale will take place on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium, with Cory Mazzoni (4-3, 3.21) on the mound for Binghamton against a pitcher that has not yet been named for the Harrisburg Senators. After Thursday’s game, the B-Mets hit the road with a short three game set in Reading, Pennsylvania against the Phillies before returning home next Tuesday to play three against the New Britain Rock Cats. Both series will prove to be crucial to Binghamton’s post season hopes as the Phillies and Rock Cats are both teams they are chasing for the second and final playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

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