Altoona, PA (WBNG Binghamton)
Jeurys Familia returned from the disabled list and was roughed up for
four runs over 1 2/3 innings in Binghamton’s 11-3 loss to Altoona at Blair County
Ballpark Tuesday night. The B-Mets managed 14 hits in the landslide loss led by Allan
Dykstra, who was 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBI.
Binghamton (44-66) got on the board in the first inning against Curve starter Phil Irwin.
Matt den Dekker led off the game with a triple off the wall in dead center field. Reese
Havens followed and chased him home with a groundout to second.
Familia worked a 1-2-3 first inning before running into trouble in the second. The first
two hitters of the inning reach on singles and a wild pitch moved them to third. After the
right-hander struck out Matt Curry, he got Quincy Latimore to chase a two-strike
breaking ball in the dirt for a strikeout. Kai Gronauer blocked the ball cleanly behind the
plate and was about to pounce on the deflected ball, but Latimore kicked the loose ball
up the first base line, allowing him to reach on a wild pitch and the runner to score from
third. The kick was ruled unintentional by the umpiring crew, but the effect of the play
lingered with Familia. He allowed an RBI single to Yunesky Sanchez and a two-out, two-
run single to Starling Marte before walking back-to-back hitters forcing his departure.
Erik Turgeon came on in relief and got out of the inning to maintain the 4-1 score.
Manager Wally Backman was ejected in between innings for arguing the call.
Dykstra drew the B-Mets within two in the fourth inning with his 14th homer of the
season, a solo shot to right off Irwin.
Altoona (47-61) plated its lone run against Turgeon in the fifth inning. Curry and
Latimore rapped consecutive singles leading to Sanchez, who clubbed a ground-rule
double to left-center to score Curry making it 5-2. Turgeon tied a season-high by hurling
3 1/3 innings of solid relief.
Rhiner Cruz followed Turgeon and gave up a two-out homer to Andrew Lambo in the