Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Trailing by three in the fifth inning, the Binghamton Mets scored four unanswered runs to defeat the Altoona Curve 4-3 Friday night at NYSEG Stadium.
Rylan Sandoval led the offense with three hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in Binghamton’s decisive three-run sixth inning.
The Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Double-A affiliate, put the B-Mets in an early deficit. After Binghamton starter Gonzalez Germen hit Quincy Latimore to start the second inning, Stefan Welch sent a bouncer to first that had double play potential. The B-Mets failed to record an out on the play as Eric Campbell’s throw to second sailed into left field. Drew Maggi cashed in immediately, delivering an RBI double to left to get the Curve on the board.
Altoona starter Brandon Cumpton made the lead stand through four innings. The righty faced just one over the minimum through his first four frames, allowing a harmless single to Juan Centeno in the third.
Meanwhile, the Curve added to their lead. Jarek Cunningham led off the third with a single and scored two batters later when Ramon Cabrera shot a double down the right field line. In the fifth, Altoona converted three singles and a throwing error by third baseman Jefry Marte into their third run of the game.
Binghamton started their comeback in the fifth against Cumpton. Dustin Martin led off the inning by scorching a double off the base of the center field fence. Sandoval brought him home with an RBI single to left.
With the deficit cut to two, Germen returned to the mound and capped his night with a perfect sixth inning. The righty allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits and struck out six over six innings of work.
The B-Mets took him off the hook with a hit parade in the sixth. Reese Havens’ one out single off Cumpton started a streak of six straight B-Mets reaching base safely. Marte and Campbell both followed with singles to load the bases. Dustin Martin tied the game with a two-run single that ricocheted off Cumpton’s glove and rolled into right field. The hit ended the righty’s night.
With runners at the corners, Kris Harvey was called upon to put out the flames. Sandoval greeted the righty by ripping an RBI single through the hole on the left side to give Binghamton the lead for good.
The B-Met bullpen took the lead to the finish line. Ryan Fraser struck out all three he faced in a perfect seventh. Armando Rodriguez took over in the eighth and used two strikeouts to navigate around a pair of walk in a scoreless frame. The righty returned for the ninth and nailed down his first career save, fanning Cunningham to end the game.
Germen (3-4) earned his second consecutive win while Cumpton (7-5) suffered the loss, snapping his two-game winning streak. Binghamton improves to 7-14 in series openers.
The B-Mets (31-32) look to even their overall record Saturday night at 7:05 PM. LHP Darin Gorski will take the mound for Binghamton.