Collin McHugh tossed 7.1 strong innings and Raul Reyes ripped a three-run home run to lead the B-Mets past the Akron Aeros by a 7-3 score in the finale of a four-game series at Canal Park on Thursday night. The B-Mets snapped their three-game losing streak by collecting six extra-base hits, including a season-high five doubles.
Facing spot starter Mason Radeke, the B-Mets took advantage of a rare Akron error in the first. A two-out walk to Reese Havens started the rally and Juan Diaz’s fielding error on Jefry Marte’s groundball to short set the table for Reyes. It was Akron’s 14th error as team, fewest in the Eastern League. Reyes made the cashed in by ripping his first home run of the season over the right centerfield fence, giving Binghamton an early three-run lead.
Binghamton doubled their lead in the fourth against former B-Met Jose De La Torre. Juan Lagares greeted the reliever by ripping a double to left field. Travis Ozga brought him home by banging a double off the right field wall.
Juan Centeno pushed Ozga to third my dribbling a single to the pitcher’s mound and Matt den Dekker plated Ozga with a sac fly to deep right field. Josh Rodriguez gave Binghamton a six-run edge my lacing a double to center. Pedro Zapata and den Dekker laced back-to-back doubles to tack on another run in the sixth.
It was all McHugh needed to rack up his team-leading fourth win of the season. After side-stepping trouble in the first two innings, the righty cruised from the third to the eighth. He retired 18 of 19 Aeros before Michel Hernandez doubled in the eighth. McHugh’s night was done after allowing run-scoring hits to Tim Fedroff and Juan Diaz.
McHugh’s 7.1 innings were the most by any B-Met starter this year. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five while walking just one.
Erik Turgeon took over and allowed an RBI single to Jared Goedert before getting two outs to end the frame. Robert Carson entered in the ninth and tossed a perfect frame to cap the victory.