Erie, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Rylan Sandoval launched a solo home run and the B-Mets took advantage of six walks in a 3-1 comeback win over the Erie SeaWolves Friday night at Jerry Uht Park. Mark Cohoon allowed one run over six innings to earn his second straight win.
The SeaWolves cracked the scoreboard first in the third. After Brent Dlugach led off with a single, Michael Rockett replaced him at first on a fielder’s choice. He moved to second on a groundout and scored on Niuman Romero’s single to right. Juan Lagares’ throw from right was in time, but Juan Centeno could not hold on to the ball, allowing Rockett to score.
Sandoval came through for Binghamton in the fifth. The designated hitter ripped a 3-1 pitch from starter Kelvin De La Cruz off the arena beyond the left field fence for his first home run of the season. Of Sandoval’s six hits with the B-Mets, four have been run-scoring extra-basehits.
Lagares used his arm to keep the game tied in the fifth. Brent Dlugach led off the inning by walking and advanced to second on a groundout. With two outs, he attempted to score on Romero’s single to right, but was gunned down by Lagares to end the inning.
Binghamton took the lead without the aid of a hit in the seventh. De La Cruz issued walks to Centeno and Joe Bonfe to end this night. Reliever Jared Gayhart entered and fared no better. The righty walked Sandoval to load the bases and issued a free pass Pedro Zapata to force in a run.
The run in the seventh helped make a winner of Cohoon. The lefty allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. Although he walked a season-high four, he fanned three and stranded five runners on base.
Binghamton tacked on an insurance run in the eight off reliever Ryan Robowski. Josh Rodriguez started the frame with a walk, moved to second on Marte’s single, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Rockett in right field. The error proved crucial when Rodriguez scored on Centeno’s sac fly to left field later in the inning.
Robert Carson took over for Cohoon and put up two scoreless innings of relief. The lefty was optioned back to Binghamton on Thursday after spending three days with the New York Mets.
Elvin Ramirez posted a perfect ninth inning to collect his first save. Cohoon (2-2) earned his second straight win and De La Cruz (1-2) was saddled with the loss.
The B-Mets (11-9) continue their three games series against the Sea Wolves Saturday afternoon at 1:35 PM. RHP Collin McHugh takes the ball for Binghamton against RHP James Avery.