Portland, ME (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Mets collected 12 hits and scored at least one run in all but one inning in an 11-7 win over the Portland Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field. The rubber match victory secured Binghamton’s third straight series win and kicked their average above .500 for the first time in May.
Binghamton grabbed the lead three batters into the game against Sea Dogs starter Chris Balcom-Miller. Matt den Dekker wasted little time to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games with an infield single to third. After advancing to second on a throwing error by third baseman Kolbrin Vitek, the first of four for Portland, he moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on Reese Havens’ ground out to second.
The B-Mets added two runs in the second when Juan Lagares scored on a wild pitch and Pedro Zapata supplied a sac fly. Raul Reyes lashed an RBI double with two-outs in the third and den Dekker drove in a run with a single in the fourth, Balcom-Miller’s final inning. The righty was tagged for five runs (three earned) on four hits and walked five in four innings of work.
Binghamton kept the offense rolling against reliever Jeremy Kehrt. Lagares ripped an RBI double in the fifth and Sean Kazmar drove in two with a double in the sixth. Kazmar scored later in the three-run inning on a fielding error by Reynaldo Rodriguez at first. The frame gave Binghamton a 9-2 lead.
Portland trailed from the start, but refused to go down without a fight. Jeremy Hazelbaker got the Sea Dogs on the board in third with a solo homer against starter Greg Peavey in the third and Derrik Gibson added a sac fly in the fourth.
Down by seven in the sixth, Portland chased Peavey from the game by getting the first four to reach safely. Ronald Bermudez’s RBI single with the bases loaded ended Peavey’s day. The righty allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Kevin Mulvey entered and induced Derrik Gibson to bounce back to the mound, starting a double-play. Heiker Meneses struck out to end the threat.
The seventh was not as smooth for Mulvey as he walked one and hit a batter before serving up a three-run homer to Rodriguez, cutting Binghamton’s lead to three.
Jeff Kaplan took over, but added fuel to the flames, allowing the first four he faced to reach safely. Gibson ripped an RBI single to center with the bases loaded to make it 9-7.
It was as close as the Sea Dogs would get. Kaplan retired the next two batters to end the inning and posted a perfect eighth to cap his day. The B-Mets added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth, highlighted by a Jefry Marte solo homer.
Adrian Rosario, pitching in his second straight game, navigated around two walks to post a scoreless ninth inning. Peavey (3-1) snapped a five-start winless streak with the victory, while Balcom-Miller (2-4) suffered his third loss to the B-Mets.
The B-Mets (21-20) make their first trip of the season to Connecticut to start a four-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats at 6:35 PM on Monday night. LHP Mark Cohoon starts for Binghamton against RHP Steve Hirschfeld.