Ryan Coultas provided the longest start for a B-Mets’ starter to date and Emmanuel Garcia hit his first triple of the season to drive in two runs of insurance in Binghamton’s 4-1. Coultas threw seven innings of one-run baseball striking out five Sea Dogs to pick up his second straight win over Portland.
Binghamton (12-11) broke onto the scoreboard first in the fifth inning against Portland (12-12) starter Felix Doubront. Mark Kiger and Ruben Tejada reached with singles to open the inning. With two on and one out, Jonathan Malo reached on an error by Argenis Diaz to load the bases. Josh Thole got the B-Mets on the board with a sacrifice fly to center, making it 1-0.
The lead expanded to two in the sixth when Ruben Tejada hit a sacrifice fly to right with the bases full off of Chad Rhoades to lengthen the lead to 2-0. Like the run in the fifth, it was an unearned run.
The Sea Dogs got on the scoreboard in the seventh with two outs. With men at first and third, Argenis Diaz drove in his fifth run of the series with a hard single to left to cut the margin to one at 2-1.
The B-Mets, however, would add insurance in the eighth. After Dustin Richardson walked two in the eighth, he was removed in favor of Bryce Cox with two on and two out. On the first pitch, Cox threw, Garcia drove a triple over the head of Portland centerfielder Matt Sheely to put Binghamton out in front 4-1.
Righty Julio De La Cruz made the lead stand with two scoreless frames to notch his first save. Coultas improved to 2-1 with the win and Doubront was the hard-luck loser throwing five innings and giving up an unearned run to fall to 2-2.
Newly-named Syracuse Head Football Coach Doug Marrone threw out the first pitch on Orange Night. The former Syracuse linemen also hit batting practice off of B-Met hitting coach Bill Masse and held an informal press conference on the field with local media as part of Syracuse’s travelling media caravan.