Reading, PA (WBNG Binghamton)
Gonzalez Germen allowed one run over 7-2/3 innings and the Binghamton Mets scored five two-out runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Reading Phillies Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. The B-Mets went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position to snap their four-game losing streak against the R-Phils.
The B-Mets took the contest wire-to-wire, grabbing the lead in the first against starter Adam Morgan. Juan Lagares stroked a one-out double to left center and scored when Allan Dykstra threaded an RBI single up the middle.
Binghamton added to their lead in the fourth. Morgan issued two straight walks and uncorked a wild pitch to put runners at the corners for Jefry Marte. The B-Mets third baseman plated Dykstra with a single to left and collected his team-leading 57th RBI of the season. Pedro Zapata capped the frame by dumping an RBI single into left.
Reading plated their only run against Germen in the fourth inning. Cody Asche led off with a double and scored three batters later on Tug Hulett’s double to right. Germen battled back and retired the next two batters to end the inning, stranding two runners in scoring position.
Neither offense could crack the scoreboard from the fifth through the eighth. Adam Morgan posted two scoreless innings to cap his night and handed off to Julio Rodriguez who kept the B-Mets in check in the seventh and eighth.
After Hulett’s double in the fourth, Germen retired 12 of the next 14 R-Phils he faced. The streak and Germen’s night came to an end when he allowed back-to-back two-out singles in the eighth. Nursing a two-run lead, Ryan Fraser entered an induced Jake Fox to groundout back to the mound to end the threat.
The B-Mets added more breathing room with three runs on three hits in the ninth against Jay Johnson. Sean Kazmar supplied an RBI single and Lagares dumped a two-out, two-run single to right.
Fraser came back for the ninth to battle the R-Phils and back luck. With one out, Miguel Abreu scorched a groundball to third that Marte failed to field on the short hop. Jiwan James followed by bouncing a single just out of the reach of Pedro Zapata in left field.
The fortunate bounces kept coming for Troy Hanzawa. With two aboard, he zipped a ground ball that bounced off the mound and sailed over the head of Wilmer Flores into right field, allowing Abreu to score. Fraser finally shut the door by inducing Tyson Gillies to groundout to secure his third save.
Germen (8-11) earned his second win in his last seven B-Mets starts. He allowed one run on seven hits over 7-2/3 innings. Morgan (3-1) surrendered three runs on six hits in his first Double-A loss. Wilmer Flores watched his nine-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-5 performance.