After dominating performances from the mound in Thursday’s opener, the B-Mets pitching looked vulnerable in an 8-4 loss to Portland.
Seven of the Sea Dogs 10 hits went for extra bases and Portland scored runs in five of the nine innings to cruise to the win.
Binghamton (4-3) had a chance to tie the game in the ninth when Lucas Duda came up with the bases loaded and two outs, but Sea Dog righty T.J. Large induced a groundout from Duda to end the game.
Right-hander Dylan Owen got the start for the B-Mets and struggled giving up six runs on seven hits in three innings.
The second batter to face Owen got the ball rolling for Portland (5-4).
Mark Wagner hit the second offering from Owen over the right- centerfield wall to open up the scoring 1-0.
The Sea Dogs would plate two runs in the second frame off Blake Maxwell thanks to an RBI double from Jorge Jimenez and a subsequent single by Argenis Diaz to drive Jimenez in, giving Portland a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, however, the B-Mets showed signs of life as Duda, D.J. Wabick and Mike Nickeas all doubled to score a total of two runs in the inning, cutting the Portland lead to one.
However, the Sea Dogs answered swiftly, loading the bases against Owen in the third before getting a one-out bases-clearing double from Ryan Khoury to put the game out of reach 6-2.
Carl Loadenthal produced his second straight three-hit game going 3-5 with a double to raise his average over the .400 plateau and Mark Kiger notched his first multi-hit game going 2-3.
Portland left-hander Dustin Richardson improved to 2-0 with the win, pitching three innings in relief of Maxwell, surrendering a run and striking out three.
Game three of the four-game set is slated for a 1:05 PM start. 2008 B-Met Most Valuable Pitcher RHP Jose Sanchez goes for Binghamton against LHP Felix Doubront.
Courtesy: Binghamton Mets