The Binghamton Mets played their final game of the 2012 season at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine on Sunday afternoon, taking the rubber match by a score of five to three in extra innings over the Sea Dogs. It was the thirteenth time the B-Mets beat the Double A Red Sox in 2012, winning the season series by a 13-6 margin.
Greg Peavey found himself on the mound at the outset for the twenty fourth time in 2012. Peavey, who is four and two with a decision in his last six starts, went seven innings for the visitors. He allowed three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking only one. All of the runs surrendered by Peavey were by way of the long ball off of the same Sea Dogs bat as Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a solo shot in the first inning and two run dinger in the bottom of the third.
Jeff Kaplan was brought in to relieve Peavey in the bottom of the eighth inning, throwing a total of two innings in the game. Kaplan kept the Sea Dogs off the scoreboard in his outing, allowing only one hit and striking out three Portland batters. Kaplan was the pitcher of record when the B-Mets took the lead in the top of the tenth inning, and in that earned his second win of the season. Kaplan’s first win of 2012 was against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats way back in April.
Brad Holt would be the third and final pitcher used by Pedro Lopez on the afternoon. Holt pitched a clean sheet in the bottom of the tenth, striking out one Sea Dog in the process, and closed out the game for the B-Mets earning his first save of the 2012 season.
Aided by two errors in the top of the tenth by the Sea Dogs, the B-Mets batters were able to plate two runs in the frame to take the win. After a leadoff walk by Allan Dykstra, Dustin Martin reached on a catching error by Portland pitcher Michael Olmstead. Juan Centeno walked as well loading the bases and setting the stage for the go ahead runs by the B-Mets. Those two runs came by way of a Wilfredo Tovar single to center field scoring both Juan Lagares – who had been inserted in the game as a pinch runner for Dykstra – and Dustin Martin.
Wilfredo Tovar was certainly the man of the afternoon for Binghamton going 4-for-4 at the plate, including the game winning RBI and a run scored himself in the fourth inning.
Wilmer Flores was 3-for-5 in the game matching his season long hitting streak at seven games. Flores has gone 14-for-27 over that span for a .518 average.
Dustin Martin was 2-for-5 in the game and catcher Juan Centeno was 2-for-4 each with a run scored to their credit. Martin hit his tenth double of the season as part of his two hit tally.
B-Mets Buzz: It’s off to Reading, Pennsylvania for the B-Mets now where they will open a four game set beginning Monday night against the Phillies. Mark Cohoon (8-9, 3.48) will be on the mound to begin the series against the R-Phils Trevor May (9-12, 4.97). This is certainly the make or break series of the season for the B-Mets as Reading is the team they are chasing for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. Currently Binghamton sits six games behind second place Reading with an elimination number that is now down to three.