Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Binghamton once again dug itself an early hole Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium and almost climbed out, but Akron held off a feverish B-Mets rally in the ninth to take an 11-8 decision Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.
Designated hitter Marshall Hubbard led a 14-hit barrage with a two-hit day featuring a solo homer and two RBI.
The B-Mets entered the ninth down just two runs after being in an eight-run hole earlier in the contest.
However, the gap grew to four thanks to a Carlos Rivero RBI single and a Cord Phelps RBI fielder’s choice in the top of the ninth off reliever John Lujan.
In the Binghamton (1-3) half of the frame, catcher Luke Montz got things started with a single down the first base line.
But, he was quickly erased on a 4-6-3 double play turned by the Aeros.
With the game seemingly in hand, reliever Vinnie Pestano walked Zach Lutz to start the rally.
Shortstop Luis Hernandez and second baseman Jose Coronado followed with singles to fill the bases.
Centerfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis then struck with an RBI single to get the B-Mets within three.
Representing the winning run, the next hitter, first baseman Nick Evans, fouled out to first to end the threat and the game.
The two teams were held scoreless by starters Mike Antonini and Paolo Espino until the fourth.
Antonini allowed the first four men to reach in the frame, including a Josh Rodriguez RBI single.
After getting Wyatt Toregas to foul out, Tim Fedroff singled home another run to make it 2-0.
With the bases still loaded, Lonnie Chisenhall came next and reached on fielder’s choice to first on which Evans threw home to force the runner.
Montz attempted to complete the double play by throwing back to Evans, but his throw hit Chisenhall in the back, which proved pivotal.
At that point, Antonini departed in favor of righty Josh Stinson who promptly cleared the bases courtesy of a grand slam by Nick Weglarz, pitting Akron (3-1) a 6-0 lead.
Binghamton got a run back in the bottom of the inning when leftfielder Lucas Duda lifted off with his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right.
However, the Aeros struck for three more in the sixth, expanding their lead to eight.
In the home half of the sixth, the B-Mets fought back.
Hernandez drove in a pair of runs with a ringing single and Jonathan Malo brought a third run home with a groundout to third, cutting the margin to five.
Hubbard smacked his homer in the seventh to right and was joined in the scoring column by Duda, who scored on rightfielder Carlos Guzman’s single, making it 9-6.
The B-Mets plated one more run in the eight to creep within two, but that was as close as they would get.
Espino earned the win for the Aeros with 5.1 innings of three-run work, while Antonini was hung with the loss after allowing five runs in a short outing of 3.2 innings.
Courtesy: Binghamton Mets