Game one of what could prove to be a crucial point in the Binghamton Mets season, and maybe their best and last opportunity to make a serious push for the playoffs, didn’t go their way on Saturday night in Reading as the hometown Phillies defeated the B-Mets by a 4-1 score.
Binghamton, who sat five games behind the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division at the beginning of Saturday’s game, will play three more games against Reading – currently in third place – and then a four game set against the New Britain Rock Cats, who are the current second place team and sit a half game ahead of the Phillies, over the next six days.
Darin Gorski was on the hill for the B-Mets to start the game, and was one of only two pitchers used by Pedro Lopez on the night. Gorski pitched six innings allowing four earned runs on five hits. He struck out a season high eight Phillies in the game and walked only one. The Phillies scored all of their runs in the game by way of home runs – two solo shots and one two run dinger. Gorski suffered his sixth loss of the season and his record now stands at six and six.
Adrian Rosario came on in relief of Gorski in the seventh inning. In the final two innings, Rosario allowed two hits, gave up no runs, and struck out one. It was the third game in a row in which Rosario shut out his opponent, and he hasn’t given up more than two hits in his last four games.
The B-Mets lone run in the game came off of the bat of Wilmer Flores. His first inning home run, his fourth of the season for Binghamton, would be the only run the B-Mets were able to plate against the four pitchers they faced. Flores ended up 2-for-4 on the night.
Eric Campbell, Allan Dykstra, Wilfredo Tovar, and Juan Centeno each had singles in the game. Juan Lagares saw his seven game hitting streak come to an end by going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Dustin Martin, currently in the midst of a season high eight game hitting streak, was given the night off.
B-Mets Buzz: Games two and three of the series will be played on Saturday night in Reading, with game one getting started at 5:35. In the first game, Greg Peavey (4-7, 5.67) will square off against the Phillies Julio Rodriguez (6-4, 4.02), while the nightcap will feature Armando Rodriguez (2-1, 3.10) against Mario Hollands (3-5, 4.75). Rodriguez has been used primarily as a relief pitcher this season for the B-Mets, but he did make one previous start against the Erie SeaWolves on June 24th. He lasted three innings, allowing three runs on six hits in a no decision.