Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton Mets collected ten hits and Zack Wheeler allowed one unearned run over seven innings to defeat the Harrisburg Senators 4-1 Thursday night at Metro Bank Park. Wheeler struck out seven to earn his six win in as many starts.
For the third straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead in the first inning. Matt den Dekker lined a single to left against starter Danny Rosenbaum. It was the first of eight hits the B-Mets collected against Rosenbaum, who had tossed a complete game against Binghamton back in May. With two outs, Jefry Marte ripped an RBI double down the left field line to give Binghamton the lead.
The B-Mets added to their advantage in the fourth. Josh Rodriguez doubled to left to start the frame and scored two batters later on a single by Juan Lagares. Lagares swiped second base and took third when catcher Jeremy Mayo’s throw skipped into center. Rylan Sandoval drove him home by shooting a single through the hole on the right side.
The advantage was more than enough for Wheeler. The righty allowed at least one base runner in the first three innings, but kept Harrisburg off the board. The Senators had runners on the corners in the third and tried to execute a double steal, but Chris McConnell was gunned down at home.
Eury Perez’s single in the third was the final hit Wheeler allowed in the game. Wheeler followed by posting scoreless frames in the fourth and fifth, before the B-Mets defense stumbled in the sixth. Harrisburg plated their only run without the use of the hit. The B-Mets committed three errors, all on booted groundballs at third, shortstop and second, allowing Perez to come home.
Binghamton plated their final run against Rosenbaum in the seventh. Lagares started the inning by doubling to left center. The right fielder moved to third on a single by Joe Bonfe and came home when Jesus Valdez bobbled the hit in left field.
Wheeler came back for the seventh and worked around a leadoff walk to post a scoreless inning. The righty induced pinch hitter Jimmy Van Ostrand to bounce into a double play to cap his night. Wheeler (6-2) struck out seven and lowered his ERA to 1.66 in the win.
Adrian Rosario took over for Wheeler and took the game to the finish line. The righty navigated around two-out singles in the eighth and ninth and posted two scoreless frames. He fanned pinch hitter Stephen King for the final out and earned his second save as a B-Met.
Rosenbaum (7-2) suffered his second loss of the year. Cory VanAllen and Zech Zinicola each provided a scoreless inning of relief to close Harrisburg’s pitching tab.