Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Brad Holt faced adversity in his fifth start of the season and persevered throughout seven solid innings to lead the B-Mets to a 5-2 win over the visiting Erie SeaWolves tonight at NYSEG Stadium.
Things got off to a rocky start for the right-hander when SeaWolves leadoff batter Jamie Johnson homered to right field on Holt’s second pitch of the game. It was Johnson’s third home run of the season and team-leading 15 RBI of the year.
Holt fell into another jam in the second when he allowed a two-out double to Francisco Martinez and walked Justin Henry on four pitches. With two runners aboard, the B-Mets starter battled back and struck out Shawn Roof to end the threat.
Following a perfect top of the third, the B-Mets plated their first run of the game in the bottom half of the frame. Josh Satin watched Lorenzo Scott get thrown out while trying to steal second before the B-Mets second baseman singled to centerfield. With the two outs, Brahiam Maldonado delivered with a double to left field to bring Satin home and tie the game at one.
Erie wasted little time before answering back as Rawley Bishop singled to lead off the fourth, stole second base, and came around to score on Bryan Holaday’s double to left field.
The one-run lead for Erie would be short-lived. Binghamton kicked off a rally by getting the first two men aboard via an Allan Dykstra walk and a Carlos Guzman single. Raul Reyes pushed both runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and Kai Gronauer lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home the tying run.
With two outs Jordany Valdespin sent a bouncer back up the middle that shortstop Shawn Roof booted, allowing Guzman to come home with the go-ahead run.
In the fifth, Holt allowed two runners, but was bailed out when Valdespin caught a screaming line drive by Ben Guez and stepped on second base to double off Jamie Johnson to end the inning.