Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Mets collected just four hits against two Altoona Curve pitchers and dropped the final game of a four-game series by an 8-0 score.
Curve starter Mike Colla stymied the B-Mets offense in six shutout innings.
The right-hander worked two perfect frames before running into his only rough patch in the third inning.
He allowed back-to-back singles in the third before striking out Brad Holt, retiring Jordany Valdespin, and inducing Josh Satin to line out to short to end the threat.
Colla’s counterpart, B-Mets starter Brad Holt, got off to a strong start.
The righty was perfect through four before walking Jordy Mercer to lead off the fifth.
The free pass started a rough inning for Holt.
Following a Jeremy Farrell single, Kris Watts slammed his first home run of the year over the right-centerfield fence to put Altoona on the board.
After the blast, Brad Chalk reached on a throwing error by Jose Coronado, advanced to third on a sac bunt, and scored on Holt’s wild pitch, his first of two in the inning.
The Curve continued their attack in the sixth.
Roy Merritt was the first man out of the bullpen and was shelled from the get-go.
Quincy Latimore led off the inning by stroking his second home run of the season.
Latimore’s shot was the first of five hits Altoona hung on Merritt.
Six straight batters reached safely against the southpaw.
By the time Brock Holt struck out to end the inning, the visiting team held an 8-0 lead.
Given the sizable cushion, Colla cruised.
He retired nine of the final eleven batters he faced to close out his seventh start of the season.
Colla gave way to Bryan Morris who tossed three perfect innings to earn his second save of the year. It made a winner out of Colla for the fourth time this season.