Mazzoni Solid, But B-Mets Offense Absent In 4-0 Loss To Richmond

The Binghamton Mets batters were only able to squeak out three hits on Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium and in the process couldn’t plate any runs as the Richmond Flying Squirrels took game two of the series by a four to nothing tally.

The B-Mets first recorded hit came in the bottom of the third by way of starting pitcher Cory Mazzoni.  Mazzoni, who went 1-for-2 in the game, led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Juan Lagares walk.  That was as far as he made it though as Reese Havens, playing in his first game in the last nine days, struck out and then Wilmer Flores grounded into an inning ending double play.

Binghamton’s next hit came in the bottom of the fourth as Eric Campbell led off the inning with a single.  Unfortunately, Campbell was erased as a base runner as the following batter, Dustin Martin, hit into a double play.

Binghamton’s third and final hit came in the bottom of the fifth inning off the bat of Raul Reyes.  Reyes led off that inning with his fourth double of the season only to be stranded there as the next three B-Mets batters were unable to advance him any further with Wilfredo Tovar flying out and both Cory Mazzoni and Juan Lagares striking out to end that inning.

Mazzoni made his eleventh start of the season for the B-Mets.  Mazzoni tossed seven innings in the game, allowing three runs on seven hits.  He struck out a season high seven Richmond batters in the game and didn’t issue any walks.  Mazzoni threw a total of 102 pitches in the game with 74 of them for strikes.  With the loss, Mazzoni’s record now stands at five and four.

Armando Rodriguez pitched one inning in relief of Mazzoni, allowing no runs on no hits while striking out two and walking one.  Jeff Kaplan relieved Rodriguez in the top of the ninth, giving up one run on two hits, striking out one and walking none.

B-Mets Buzz: Saturday night was the first time since July 20th in Bowie that the B-Mets were unable to score a run.  The final game of the series will be on Sunday afternoon at the stadium formerly known as Binghamton Municipal as Gonzalez Germen (6-10, 4.81) looks to salvage at least one win on the weekend for the home team.  The Flying Squirrels will send Mike Kickham (10-9, 2.79) to the mound as Richmond tries to sweep the series.