Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The B-Mets collected eight hits, but never more than one in any inning in a 4-0 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at NYSEG Stadium on Tuesday night. Binghamton leads the Eastern League with three shutout losses.
Binghamton starter Zack Wheeler battled through control issues to put up five scoreless innings in his fourth Double-A start. The righty matched a career-high with six walks, issuing at least one free pass in every inning.
New Hampshire starter Chad Jenkins, side stepped his own jams throughout his fourth start, scattering six hits over six scoreless innings to earn his second win of the year.
The B-Mets only threat to score against Jenkins came in the fourth. Juan Lagares led off the inning by ripping a line drive to center field. The blast sailed over Brad McElroy’s head and ricocheted off the fence back towards center field. Reading the carom, Lagares raced to third. McElroy tracked the ball down, but fumbled it, enticing Lagares to attempt to score. McElroy recovered, relayed to Ryan Goins who fired home to nab Lagares at the plate, keeping the game scoreless.
For the second straight start, the B-Mets offered no offensive support for Wheeler. The righty departed after five innings and was replaced by Erik Turgeon in the sixth.
The Fisher Cats broke the tie against the righty. Brad Glenn led off with a double to right and John Tolisano walked to start the rally. AJ Jimenez lifted a fly ball to deep right field that glanced off the outstretched glove of Lagares for a triple, giving the visiting club a 2-0 lead. Jimenez crossed home later on McElroy’s fielder’s choice.
Given a three-run cushion, Jenkins returned for the sixth and put up a scoreless inning. Clint Everts pitched a scoreless seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. A single by Oswaldo Navarro and a walk to Josh Rodriguez put two men aboard with no outs. The rally quickly died when Jefry Marte struck out and Lagares bounced into an inning-ending double play.
After Mike McDade gave the Fisher Cats insurance with a home run off Armando Rodriguez in the top of the ninth, Ronald Uviedo worked a perfect frame to cap the New Hampshire victory. Turgeon was handed his second loss.