Erie, PA (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton Mets pounded out 15 hits and defeated the Erie SeaWolves in the series opener 7-5 tonight at Jerry Uht Park. The B-Mets have won three in a row and 10 of their last eleven. They lead the league with 18 wins in August.
Facing Casey Crosby for the fourth time this season, the B-Mets drew first blood. Brahiam Maldonado led off the second inning by sending a 2-2 pitch over the left-centerfield wall for his team-leading 26th home run of the season.
Erie struck back quickly in their half of the second. B-Mets starter Matt Harvey handed a pair of walks to start the frame. After a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners, Michael Rocket ripped a hard groundball to third that eluded the glove of Mike Fisher. The hit brought home Bryan Pounds from second to tie the game. Brent Wyatt followed with a sharp grounder to second that Jon Malo could not corral. The ball rolled into right, allowing Bryan Holaday to score to give Erie a 2-1 lead.
The advantage did not last for long. Binghamton jumped all over Crosby in the fourth. Niuman Romero started the inning with a single to left and Matt den Dekker followed by shooting a single through the hole on the right side. Jon Malo brought both home by sending a one-hopper to the left field fence for a two-run double.
Juan Lagares kept the hit parade going by sending a single back up the middle. The hit extended Lagares’ hitting streak to 18 games and plated Malo. Lagares came home later in the inning on Mike Fisher’s bloop single to left. Fisher single chased Crosby from the game. The lefty exited after allowing five runs on seven hits. Luis Marte took his place and fanned two B-Mets to end the inning.
Trailing 5-2, the SeaWolves scratched out a run in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Henry roped a one-out single up the middle, advanced to second on Bryan Pounds single to right, and scored when Harvey uncorked a wild pitch, his first of two in the inning.
The B-Mets were completely baffled by Marte. In just three and two thirds innings, the righty racked up ten strike outs. He allowed three hits, but did not give up a single run, extending his scoreless innings streak to 14 innings.