Bullpen Can’t Hold Lead In B-Mets 5-4 Loss

The Binghamton Mets jumped out to an early lead on Saturday night scoring four runs in the first two innings, but the Harrisburg Senators scored five unanswered runs, including those to tie and win the game in the final two frames, as the B-Mets dropped game two of their weekend series by a score of five to four.

The B-Mets batters got to Harrisburg starter Dan Rosenbaum early, smacking four singles in the top of the first inning.  Coupled with a walk and sacrifice fly, Binghamton was up by three runs before starter Armando Rodriguez ever took the mound.  The B-Mets added their fourth run in the top of the second inning with a double, two singles, and a walk in that frame.

Wilmer Flores had a big night at the plate going 3-for-5 with a double and run scored.  Every other positional player with the exception of Wilfredo Tovar, who was 0-for-3, had a hit.  Armando Rodriguez even helped himself out going 1-for-2 on the night including a second inning double and eventual run scored.  Flores and Rodriguez registered the only multi-base hits for the B-Mets in the game.

On the mound, Rodriguez made his third spot start of 2012 for the B-Mets.  He won his first start on June 24th against the Erie SeaWolves, and lost his next start on August 4th against the Portland SeaDogs.  On Saturday night Rodriguez would do neither as late inning runs by Harrisburg negated him from a decision.  Rodriguez threw four innings in the game allowing two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits, striking out two and walking one.

Brad Holt came on in relief in the fifth inning and threw two frames.  Holt gave up one run on one hit and equaled his season high by striking out four Harrisburg batters.

Andrew Carpenter, making his first appearance for the B-Mets, kept the Senators off of the board in his one inning of work, the only Binghamton pitcher to do so all night.  Carpenter’s line read one inning pitched, one hit, no runs, no walks issued, and two strikeouts.  For his effort, Carpenter earned his first hold.

Brandon Moore came on in relief of Carpenter in the eighth inning, and promptly gave up a home run to Harrisburg’s Tim Pahuta on the first pitch he threw in that inning, tying the game at four.  Moore settled down at that point and retired the next three Senators batters, two on pop out/fly outs, and one struck out swinging.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the score still knotted at four, leadoff batter Jose Lozada singled and then advanced to second base pinch hitter Jonny Tucker bunt popped out.  The following batter Brian Goodwin hit a soft grounder which was fielded by second baseman Wilmer Flores.  Flores’ throw to first was off the mark and Lozada scored the game winning walk off run easily from second base.  Flores was charged with his third error of the season on the play.

As for Moore, not only was he charged with his first blown save of the season but he suffered his second loss of 2012 as well.  Moore’s final numbers on the night read one and a third innings pitched, two runs on three hits, one of which was earned, one strikeout and no walks.

B-Mets Buzz: The rubber match between Binghamton and Harrisburg will be Sunday afternoon at MetroBank Park.  Cory Mazzoni (4-3, 3.60) will be on the mound for the B-Mets against the Senators Paul Demny (6-6, 5.29).  This will be the final game of the 2012 season between the two teams, with Harrisburg currently winning the season series by a one win margin.  Binghamton has not won a season series against Harrisburg since 2006 when they took six of ten games between the two teams.