BINGHAMTON- Brad Holt made his AA debut on the mound for Binghamton and tossed 6.1 strong innings but got a no decision in the B-Mets 7-4 loss to the Connecticut Defenders Friday night at NYSEG Stadium.
Shawn Bowman had his fourth three-hit game of the year, going 3-5 with a double and an RBI.
A four-run eighth doomed Binghamton.
Edgar Alfonzo, who took the loss, came out for the eighth after getting the final two outs of the seventh.
Brock Bond led off the inning with a single.
An error by Ruben Tejada allowed Mike McBryde to reach and from there the inning was sparked.
Brandon Crawford laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score McBryde after Bond scored on a wild pitch, and Eddy Martinez-Esteve followed with an RBI single off Edgar Ramirez, who came in to relieve Alfonzo.
Bobby Felmy finished off the scoring with an RBI double to increase the Defenders lead to 7-4.
Binghamton (22-30) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Josh Thole that scored Emmanuel Garcia, who had walked to open the frame.
Then with two outs, Bowman hit an RBI double just inside the bag at third Nick Evans, who had singled earlier, to make the score 2-0.
After Connecticut (30-24) tied the score with a run each in the fourth and fifth innings off Holt, the B-Mets responded with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead.
Thole walked with one out and Lucas Duda followed with a run scoring double.
After Bowman struck out, Carl Loadenthal drove in Duda on an opposite field hit to right to make it 4-2.
Holt went 6.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits and three walks in his debut.
Dan Griffin pitched a scoreless seventh and was awarded the win for the Defenders, his third of the season.
Joe Paterson nailed down his sixth save by pitching the final two frames, giving up one hit and striking out four.
Binghamton will play their second doubleheader of the season tomorrow.
The B-Mets won both ends of a twinbill against Trenton May 17.
RHP Jenrry Meija (0-0, 0.00) will make his AA debut in the opening game and will be opposed by the Defenders’ RHP Daryl Maday (2-2, 3.99).
LHP Mike Antonini (4-1, 5.95) will throw the second game for Binghamton and his opposition has yet to be named.
Courtesy: Binghamton Mets