Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Rylan Sandoval led the B-Mets offense with four RBI and Collin McHugh fired six strong innings as Binghamton swept a four-game series from the Portland Sea Dogs with a 7-2 win on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.
The low temperatures at first pitch did nothing to cool the B-Mets’ bats. Binghamton pounded out 13 hits, including five for extra bases. It was the third time in the series and fifth time in the last eight games the B-Mets have collected ten hits or more.
Juan Lagares started the onslaught in the second with a single off Portland starter Brock Huntzinger. Juan Centeno added a single and Joe Bonfe walked to load the bases. Rylan Sandoval got Binghamton on the scoreboard by shooting a double off the right centerfield fence. The hit cleared the bases and gave Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Matt den Dekker tacked onto the advantage by doubling Sandoval home.
The cushion was more than enough for B-Mets starter Collin McHugh. The right-hander cruised to his third straight victory, tying him for the league lead. He racked up six strikeouts for the third straight game and allowed just one unearned run on two hits.
After putting up four scoreless innings, Portland finally scratched out a run in the fifth. Ronald Bermudez reached on a throwing error by Oswaldo Navarro at third. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later when Jeremy Hazelbaker dumped one into left. McHugh escaped the inning with no further damage and posted a perfect sixth to cap his day.
The B-Mets added to their lead in the fourth. Pedro Zapata bunted his way aboard and stole second. After gaining third on a wild pitch, he scored when Sandoval tripled to right centerfield, his second three-bagger as a B-Met. Den Dekker made it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly to center.
Huntzinger failed to complete the inning, pulled after surrendering a single to Josh Rodriguez, one of Rodriguez’s four hits on the day. He is the first B-Met to collect four hits in a game since Brahiam Maldonado in August 2011. Huntzinger suffered his fourth-straight loss, allowing six runs on eight hits.
Charle Rosario took over and added 2.1 innings of relief. Binghamton plated their final run of the day on an RBI single by Rodriguez in the sixth.
Armando Rodriguez took the mound and worked around a leadoff single by Bermudez to post a scoreless seventh and needed just twelve pitches to work a perfect eighth. Edgar Ramirez surrendered a run in the ninth before retiring Hazelbaker on a groundout to first to end the game.
The B-Mets (9-7) enjoy an off day on Monday before kicking off a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Tuesday at 6:35 PM at NYSEG Stadium. RHP Zack Wheeler takes the ball for Binghamton.