Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton)
The Harrisburg Senators scored five unanswered runs and plated the walk-off winner on a throwing error to defeat the Binghamton Mets by a 5-4 score Saturday night at Metro Bank Park. The B-Mets mustered just three hits after the second inning and suffered their first blown save since July 19.
The game started in lopsided fashion for the B-Mets. Facing starter Danny Rosenbaum for the fourth time this season, Binghamton jumped on the lefty for three runs in the first. Binghamton sent eight men to the plate in the opening frame, collecting four hits, including RBI singles from Jefry Marte and Francisco Pena. Wilfredo Tovar capped the rally with a sac fly.
The B-Mets threatened in the second with three hits and a walk, but settled for one run. Armando Rodriguez started the inning with a double to right, his first pro hit, and scored later on Eric Campbell’s RBI single.
The Senators answered back in the second. With a man aboard, Sean Nicol launched a 3-2 offering from Rodriguez into the left field seats to cut Binghamton’s lead in half. It was the only blemish for Rodriguez who went four innings in this third spot start of the season.
Brad Holt took over in the fifth and was greeted rudely by Justin Bloxom, who blasted a solo homer to right to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Holt retired the next five batters he faced to cap two innings on the hill.
Binghamton could not keep up their offensive pace after the second. Rosenbaum retired nine of the final eleven B-Mets he faced over three shutout innings. Ryan Tatusko allowed one hit over two scoreless innings, kicking off four strong innings from the Harrisburg bullpen. Marcos Frias and Pat McCoy combined to throw a scoreless eighth.
Owning a one-run lead, Drew Carpenter made his Binghamton Mets debut with a scoreless seventh. Signed by the Mets and added to the roster on Friday, Carpenter fanned two and worked around a one-out single in the shutout frame.
Carpenter was the only B-Mets reliever that did not surrender a run. Brandon Moore watched Binghamton’s one-run lead disappear on one pitch in the eighth. Tim Pahuta led off the inning by launching the first pitch he saw over the right center field fence to tie the game at four.
After the B-Mets were put down in order in the ninth by Pat McCoy, Moore fell back into trouble in the bottom of the inning. Jose Lozada led off with a single and moved to second when Jonny Tucker’s bunt attempt was caught by catcher Francisco Pena near the backstop.
With the winning run on second, Brian Goodwin sent a slow chopper behind the mound. Wilmer Flores charged from second and forced an errant throw to first that sailed wide of the bag. Lozada scored standing up to secure Harrisburg’s walk-off win.
The defeat was Binghamton’s fourth in walk-off fashion this season and snapped their three-game winning streak.