Binghamton Mets starter Mark Cohoon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high ten Harrisburg Senators en route to his fifth career complete game shutout in a 5-0 win Friday night at Metro Bank Park. It was the B-Mets third straight win and pushed the club to within six games of a playoff berth.
Cohoon showed no signs of rust after both teams waited through a 49 minute rain delay to start the game. The southpaw cruised to open the contest, retiring the first 11 he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the fourth.
The B-Mets offense was slightly delayed in its support of the southpaw. They were kept in check for four innings by Harrisburg starter Ryan Perry. Binghamton finally broke through in the fifth. Jefry Marte led off the frame with a double and scored when Raul Reyes dumped a two-bagger into the right field corner. Dustin Martin chased Reyes home four batters later with a single to right.
After retiring eight more Senators in a row, Cohoon’s no-hit bid came to an end with one out in the seventh when Justin Bloxom sent a high pop up to shallow center. Wilfredo Tovar retreated from short and Raul Reyes raced in from center, but the ball dropped to the grass for a double. Cohoon showed no signs of being phased and retired the next two hitters to preserve the shutout.
Binghamton added two more runs and chased Perry from the game in the seventh. Juan Centeno started the rally with a double and scored when Dustin Martin bounced a triple off the center field wall. Jimmy Barthmaier took over for Perry and allowed Martin to score on Wilmer Flores’ single up the middle.
Cohoon cruised through a perfect eighth inning and helped his own cause with an RBI in the ninth, driving in Centeno with a single to left. After getting the first out in the ninth, the southpaw fell into a bit of trouble in the ninth, allowing a single and hitting a batter. Cohoon bounced back to strike out Bloxom and induced Jimmy Van Ostrand to fly out to center to end the game.
It was Cohoon’s fifth career complete game shutout and first since he collected three straight as a Savannah Sand Gnat (Low-A) in June 2010. The gem was the third complete game shutout for a B-Met starting pitcher this season and second nine innings in length.
The B-Mets (58-61) look to secure the series win against the Senators Saturday night at 7:00 PM. RHP Armando Rodriguez makes the spot start for Binghamton against LHP Danny Rosenbaum. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pre-game show begins at 6:45 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.