Binghamton Mets (3-1) at Erie SeaWolves (2-2)
RHP Erik Goeddel vs. RHP Victor Larez
Monday, April 8, 2013 • Jerry Uht Park • Erie, PA • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets dropped their first game of the season 13-3 against the Akron Aeros in the series finale. The loss was Binghamton’s worst since a 10-0 loss to the Bowie Baysox on July 20, 2012. Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead with RBI doubles by Darrell Ceciliani and Blake Forsythe in the 3rd inning. Binghamton starter Tyler Pill cruised through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the 6th. Akron chased Pill after the first four hitters reached base, and the rout was on. They scored four runs in the sixth, five more in the seventh and three in the eighth with the aid of 13 hits and four B-Met errors. Cole Cook earned the win in relief for the Aeros.
BINGHAMTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Erik Goeddel will make his first career start at the Double-A level. He spent all of 2012 with the St. Lucie Mets. He finished 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA as a member of the St. Lucie starting rotation. He posted a 1.36 ERA through the first two months of the 2012 season, and also finished the season on a strong note, winning three of his final four decisions. Goeddel was selected by the Mets in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of UCLA.
AKRON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Victor Larez is starting his first season in the Eastern League in 2013. Last season he spent the season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers as a member of the bullpen. He dominated the Florida State League, going 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in 35 games. Larez held his opponents to a .200 batting average. His last start came in 2011 in his first season in the FSL with Lakeland. Of his 175 career starts as a Minor Leaguer, 59 have come as a starter.
A GAME TO FORGET: Binghamton committed five errors in the field in yesterday’s loss to Akron, leading to four unearned runs. In the first three games of 2013, the B-Mets only committed only fielding error. The last time Binghamton made five errors came against the Erie SeaWolves on 8/31/11.
RUNS SCORED: Through four games in 2013, the B-Mets rank 10th in the league in runs scored (14). Half of those runs were scored on 4/6 in their victory over Akron. Despite their 3-1 record, they have a run differential of -6. Binghamton starting pitchers have a 3.74 ERA.
HARRIS’S HITTING STREAK: Outfielder Alonzo Harris has started his Double-A career on a four-game hitting streak. In the first series against Akron, Harris went 5-for-17 with two doubles. He has hit in the lead-off spot in all four games. In 116 games with St. Lucie last season, he hit .287. He was slotted as the lead-off man 92 different times. He ranked third in the Florida State League with 40 stolen bases.
LACK OF THE LONG BALL: Josh Rodriguez hit the only home run of the season so far for the B-Mets on Opening Night in Akron. That lone round-tripper has them tied for last (Harrisburg) in the entire league. Both Binghamton and Harrisburg are 3-1.
LAST YEAR VS. ERIE: In 2012, Binghamton went 10-4 against the Erie SeaWolves, the best mark against any team in the Eastern League by winning percentage. They went 5-2 at NYSEG Stadium, and also finished 5-2 last year when playing on the road in Erie.
ERIE OPENING SERIES: The SeaWolves opened up 2013 at home with a four-game series against the Altoona Curve. After winning 10-6 on Opening Night, Altoona won the next two games. Erie was able to salvage a series split with a 5-2 victory yesterday. Offensively, Erie is led by Hernan Perez with nine hits, and Daniel Fields with five RBI. On the mound, they rank fourth in the league in ERA (3.50) and second in strikeouts (37).
NEXT GAME PREVIEW: The B-Mets continue their three- game series in Erie tomorrow night at 6:35 PM. Opening Day starter Rafael Montero will make his second start of 2013, as he faces LHP Kyle Lobstein. Both pitchers won their first start of the season.