Binghamton smashed a season-high four homers Wednesday afternoon
at windy Hadlock Field, but Mitch Dening’s walk-off home run in the ninth gave Portland a
10-9 victory. The two teams combined for 29 hits in the rubber match of the three-game
Portland (38-58) jumped out to an early lead with single runs in the first two innings off
B-Mets’ starter Robert Carson.
Binghamton (39-59) responded in the third against Brock Huntzinger. After the righthander
struck out the first two hitters of the frame, Reese Havens and Josh Satin
smacked singles. Allan Dykstra followed and plated both men with his 12th homer of the
season, a towering, three-run blast to right.
The Sea Dogs got back even in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Khoury rode the wind out
to centerfield for his second homer of the season.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the fourth. Brahiam Maldonado answered Khoury’s
long ball with a no-doubt bomb to left-center to give Binghamton the lead back. It was
his team-leading 16th homer of the season and first since June 29.
Portland loaded the bases in the fourth against Carson and Chih-Hsien Chiang knocked
the southpaw out with a game-tying, RBI single to right. Rhiner Cruz entered and got Will
Middlebrooks to hit into an inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play to preserve the deadlock.
Matt den Dekker gave the B-Mets the lead back in the fifth inning with the first of his two
home runs on the day, a solo blast to left-center.
Huntzinger exited after five innings on the hook. He allowed five runs on seven hits and
struck out seven.