Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Josh Rodriguez singled to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning to bring home Pedro Zapata with the game-winning run in Binghamton’s 2-1 walk-off win over the Harrisburg Senators on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. The game was the B-Mets first walk-off win of the season.
Zapata started the ninth with a single off reliever Marcos Frias (0-2) and moved to second on a groundout. With two outs, Rodriguez shot a groundball through the hole into right field. Zapata rounded third and scored without a throw after Chris Rahl bobbled the ball in the outfield. It was Binghamton’s first hit with a runner in scoring position after going 0-for-11 to start the game.
Losers of two straight, Binghamton sent Greg Peavey to the mound hoping to avoid the sweep. The righty delivered with his longest appearance of the season, allowing just one unearned run over seven innings. He struck out three and allowed just four hits in the no-decision.
Harrisburg scored their only run on a throwing error in the fourth. With two outs in a scoreless game, Chris Rahl attempted to steal third base. Catcher Juan Centeno’s throw to third was off target and rolled into left field, allowing Rahl to score.
Binghamton tied the game in the fifth on a throwing error by Harrisburg’s catcher. With the bases loaded, Reese Havens sent a chopper to first that Tim Pahuta fielded and fired to the plate to nab Peavey. Sandy Loen’s throw back to first bounced off Havens’ helmet and allowed Matt den Dekker to score from second to tie the game.
Following Peavey’s strong outing, Armando Rodriguez (1-0) took the reins in the eighth. The righty threw two scoreless innings without allowing a hit and earned his first win thanks to Binghamton’s rally in the ninth.
Robert Gilliam started for the Senators and did not factor into the decision. The righty allowed one unearned run on five hits and struck out six over six innings. Patrick McCoy added an inning of scoreless relief for Harrisburg.
The B-Mets (14-15) start a three-game series Monday night against the New Britain Rock Cats at 6:35 PM. LHP Mark Cohoon takes the mound for Binghamton against LHP Andrew Albers.