Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton Mets could only muster three hits, all singles, against four Akron Aeros pitchers in a 4-0 loss in their season opener at NYSEG Stadium tonight.
The B-Mets only pushed one runner to second base and failed to reach third during the game. The Binghamton lineup was held hitless over the final four innings of the contest. Binghamton bounced into two double plays and had a pair of runners gunned down on steal attempts by Akron catcher Roberto Perez.
Collin McHugh, last year’s B-Mets Pitcher of the Year, made the start and tossed two scoreless innings before running into trouble in the third. Leadoff hitter Ben Copeland walked on four pitches and scored two batters later on Tim Fedroff’s double to right-center field. After a Juan Diaz single, Jared Goedert ripped an RBI single to left to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead.
Akron starter Paolo Espino fired two scoreless innings before running into trouble of his own in the third. After allowing a leadoff single to Juan Centeno and working the count to 1-1 against Sean Kazmar, the Panamanian left the game with an injury.
He was replaced by Kyle Landis who induced Kazmar to bounce into a double play on his first pitch and struck out Pedro Zapata to end the inning. Landis’ frame started the bullpen dominance by the Aeros.
Landis tossed a scoreless fourth and handed off to Jose De La Torre. A former B-Met, De La Torre worked around a two-out single to put up a scoreless fifth.
McHugh’s night ended after five innings. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four while walking three.
Kevin Mulvey entered in the sixth and allowed a leadoff double to Ryan Rohlinger. With two runners aboard following a Chun Chen walk, Nick Weglarz bounced a potential double-play ball to second baseman Josh Rodriguez. The new B-Met flipped to second, but shortstop Sean Kazmar muffed the throw, allowing Rohlinger to score.
Owning a 3-0 lead, De La Torre cruised through the sixth and worked around a one-out walk to toss a scoreless seventh. Matt Langwell took over in the eighth and struck out the side in order.
The Aeros tacked on an insurance run against Armando Rodriguez in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Juan Diaz.
The B-Mets went in order in the ninth against Langwell who secured his first save of the season. De La Torre earned the win, while McHugh was saddled with the loss. The Aeros bullpen combined for seven shutout innings of relief.
The B-Mets (0-1) continue their series against the Akron Aeros tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. RHP Zack Wheeler makes his Double-A debut for Binghamton against LHP T.J. McFarland. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pre-game show begins at 6:50 PM.