Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Richard Lucas hit a game-deciding grand slam and Jeff Walters logged his franchise-record 29th save of the season as the Binghamton Mets earned a doubleheader split against the Trenton Thunder on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. The Thunder defeated Binghamton, 4-1 in the opener before the B-Mets returned the favor with a 4-1 win in the nightcap.
The Trenton Thunder scored three runs in the top of the first inning, and never trailed as they defeated the Binghamton Mets, 4-1 in the first game of the day.
Against Erik Goeddel, the Thunder scored three runs on three hits to start the day. Ramon Flores led off with a double, and scored the first run when Goeddel tossed a wild pitch that reached the backstop. Andrew Clark and Kyle Roller both provided RBI doubles later in the inning, and Trenton took an early 3-0 lead.
Binghamton responded with one run in the bottom of the first. Alonzo Harris led off with a bloop double down the right field line, and scored on an infield single by Cesar Puello.
After the first inning, runs became a rarity. Goeddel worked through a few different threats while posting three consecutive scoreless innings. The B-Mets were also held off the board, getting just two more hits over the final six innings.
In the fifth, Trenton provided an insurance run. Reegie Corona walked against Goeddel to start the inning, and moved to third with one out in the inning. Clark hit a ground ball under the legs of Joe Bonfe at first base allowing the runner to score. Danny Burawa finished the game on the mound for Trenton, and struck out the side in order in the seventh.
Rigoberto Arrebato (2-1) threw 2.2 innings in relief, and picked up his second victory of the season. Goeddel (9-4) was tagged for four runs in 4.2 innings, and was given his fourth loss of the year. Burawa earned his third save of the season.
In the nightcap, Richard Lucas and Jeff Walters stole the show as Binghamton beat the Thunder 4-1 in the nightcap. Lucas hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and Walters earned his 29th save of the season, setting a single-season franchise record for the most in one year.
Both Mikey O’Brien and Greg Peavey held their opponents hitless through the first three innings of the game. The first hit of the game was a single by Reegie Corona in the top of the fourth inning. Trenton got three hits against Peavey in the inning, and Kyle Roller cracked the scoreboard with an RBI single up the middle.
Binghamton was held hitless for the first four innings against Mikey O’Brien. He had faced the minimum number of batters through four innings, but the B-Mets got to the righty in the fifth. They loaded the bases with a walk, single, and a hit-by-pitch. That set the stage for Richard Lucas, who blasted a grand slam over the left field wall to give Binghamton their first lead of the series. The fifth inning was the only frame that the B-Mets recorded a base hit, but it was enough for the B-Mets to hold on.
Peavey was taken out of the game after four innings. The righty allowed a run and three hits in his first start of the season. Armando Rodriguez was the first reliever for the B-Mets in the nightcap. In his 2013 B-Met debut, he faced the minimum six hitters, and struck out four of them. He got the win in his first game since being transferred from Las Vegas.
In the seventh, Binghamton handed the ball to closer Jeff Walters. After allowing two singles, he forced Casey Stevenson to ground out to second base to end the game. It was Walters’ 29th save of the season, passing Jerrod Riggan for the most saves by a B-Met in a single year.
POSTGAME NOTES: Lucas’ grand slam was the third grand slam hit by Binghamton this season…Binghamton has split four of their five doubleheaders in 2013…Tim Lavigne holds the franchise record for saves (36 saves; ‘02-‘05, ’08)