Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton Mets scored seven runs on 13 hits through five innings, but mustered just three hits and no runs over the final four frames in an 11-7 loss to the Erie SeaWolves Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets matched a season-high by stranding 13 runners on base in the series-opening defeat.
After the SeaWolves jumped out to a three-run lead against starter Greg Peavey, the B-Mets answered back with two runs in the second on an RBI single by Juan Centeno and a sac fly by Wilfredo Tovar. Binghamton took their only lead against starter Ramon Garcia on a two-run double by Dustin Martin in the third.
The hit by Martin started a trend in the back-and-forth affair. Erie re-took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, but Binghamton tied the game in the bottom of the frame on a home run by Juan Lagares.
In the fifth, the SeaWolves plated two runs to take a 7-5 lead. Binghamton wiped that deficit away in a three-batter span. Jefry Marte led off the inning with a home run and Sean Kazmar followed with a round-tripper of his own to tie the game. Kazmar’s blast was his first at home this season.
Peavey exited after five innings having allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. He watched his winless streak reach eight starts in the no-decision. Armando Rodriguez entered in a tie game and walked leadoff hitter Brandon Douglas. Douglas took second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on Jamie Johnson’s sac fly, one of four in the game for Erie.
Garcia was shelled for seven runs on a career-high 13 hits, but handed off to the bullpen with the chance to win. Jared Gayhart walked the tightrope but did not allow a run in three innings of relief, stranding four on base.
After adding three runs in the ninth against Brad Holt, the SeaWolves looked to closer Bruce Rondon to wrap things up. The B-Mets immediately loaded the bases on a walk, a hit batsman and a single, but could not complete the comeback. Rondon induced three consecutive flyouts to end the game.
Garcia (7-7) scratched out the win, his first against the B-Mets this season. Rodriguez (2-1) did not allow a hit in two innings of relief, but suffered the loss.