Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
After two months on the disabled list, Zach Lutz returned to the B-Mets lineup and impressed with a 3-for-4 showing with three runs scored and three RBI, leading Binghamton to a 12-8 triumph over Portland Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium.
Lutz’s night was highlighted by a two-run homer off Sea Dogs starter Alex Wilson in his first at-bat in the second inning.
Portland came out swinging on Josh Stinson in the first inning. The Sea Dogs brought nine men to the plate and tallied four runs on the strength of five hits and a walk to grab a 4-0 lead.
Lutz answered in the second with his homer, a two-run blast to left on a 1-0 pitch from Wilson, trimming the lead to two, 4-2. It was his ninth homer of the season and first with Binghamton since May 10 when he teed off on Portland’s Casey Kelly at Hadlock Field.
The Sea Dogs knocked Stinson from the game in the third inning. The right-hander walked the first two hitters of the inning and allowed the first to score on three wild pitches. Jorge Padron struck the knockout blow with an RBI single to left, ending Stinson’s start after 2 1/3 innings, his shortest start of the year. He was charged with seven runs on seven hits, but did not factor in the decision.
Binghamton (53-51) pulled Stinson off the hook in the fourth with a five-run outburst off Wilson. Sean Ratliff, Josh Satin and Marshall Hubbard singled to open the inning, loading the bases. Lutz got the scoring started with an RBI infield single. Jose Coronado followed by drawing a bases-loaded walk to push across the second run of the frame. Raul Reyes chased the third run home with a clean single to right and Nick Evans dealt the tying blow with two-run double to deep center,
making it 7-7.
Evans put the B-Mets in front for good in the sixth. Wilson walked Mike Nickeas and gave up a single to Lutz, resulting in his departure before landing an out in the sixth. Three batters later, Evans lofted a flyball to right off reliever Ryne Miller, but rightfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang never saw the ball, letting it drop in front of him for a two-run double, pushing Binghamton ahead 9-7.