The B-Mets scratched out just two hits and were shutout for the second time this season in a 2-0 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The game was a battle of prospects as Zack Wheeler made the start for Binghamton against right-hander Deck McGuire for New Hampshire. With the help of timely Fisher Cats hits, McGuire triumphed in the contest.
Wheeler turned in a solid performance in his third Double-A start. The righty from Georgia struck out six in his first three innings before allowing a run in the fourth. Mike McDade led off the frame by dumping a single to left field. The first baseman advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Kevin Howard’s double to right centerfield.
It was the only run allowed by Wheeler in his six innings of work. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two, but got no help from the offense.
The B-Mets struggled to put solid contact on the ball against McGuire. The righty had just three strikeouts, but allowed only one hit in 6.2 scoreless innings. Binghamton threatened with two runners on base with one out in the second, but McGuire struck out Josh Rodriguez and induced Juan Centeno to ground out.
Binghamton would not have another scoring chance until the seventh when Eric Campbell walked to start the inning. Lagares traded places with him on a fielder’s choice, but was quickly erased by catcher A.J. Jimenez when he tried to steal second.
McGuire’s night ended after he walked Travis Ozga with two outs. Clint Everts entered from the bullpen and allowed a single to Josh Rodriguez, but bounced back to strikeout Juan Centeno, stranding both runners.
After Everts breezed through the eighth and the Fisher Cats added an insurance run against Edgar Ramirez in the bottom of the inning, Ronald Uviedo took over in the ninth. The righty issued a pair of walks, but induced Juan Centeno to pop out in foul territory to third to end the game.
Uviedo earned his fourth save with his scoreless ninth. McGuire picked up his first win and Wheeler was saddled with the hard-luck loss.