Binghamton 9, Akron 4
Cory Vaughn highlighted a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam as the B-Mets came from behind to beat the Akron Aeros, 9-4 Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. The win gave Binghamton the series sweep, and their fourth consecutive victory overall.
For the third straight night, the Akron offense struck first against Binghamton pitching. In the fourth, Carlos Moncrief doubled down the right field line to score Chun Chen, and Bo Greenwell blooped a two-run single into centerfield to put the Aeros up 3-0 against Jacob deGrom.
Akron starter Jordan Cooper held the B-Met offense down through 4.2 innings, but suddenly the offense clicked. After the first two batters in the inning had been retired, Wilfredo Tovar got the rally started with a seeing-eye single up the middle. Danny Muno followed with a single, and Josh Rodriguez plated the first B-Met run of the game with an RBI single into right-centerfield. On the very next pitch Cesar Puello hit the fourth consecutive single, grounding a ball into right field which made it a 3-2 Akron lead.
Allan Dykstra then walked, and that brought up Vaughn with the bases loaded. With one swing of the bat, he put Binghamton up 6-3 as he sailed a line drive over the left field wall for the first B-Met grand slam of the season.
Binghamton batted around in the fifth inning, and they kept their foot on the pedal in the sixth. Against Bryce Stowell the B-Mets tacked on three more runs, including a two-run double by Cesar Puello to bust the game open.
Meanwhile, deGrom enjoyed the six-run cushion. The nine runs scored was the most support he had received all season. deGrom’s night ended after 7.0 innings; the righty allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six.
The B-Mets (22-18) will enjoy their second off day of the season on Thursday. They hit the road on Friday to start a three-game series against the Portland SeaDogs (22-15). RHP Erik Goeddel gets the ball for Binghamton against Portland’s RHP Matt Barnes. First pitch is set for 6:00 PM.
Cesar Puello: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R
Cory Vaughn: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R
Alonzo Harris: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R
Jacob deGrom: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 K
Adam Kolarek: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
John Church: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K