Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Harrisburg Senators scored five runs in the second inning and held off a late comeback to defeat the Binghamton Mets 7-4 Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. The loss drops the B-Mets back under .500.
Gonzalez Germen made the start for Binghamton in place of Zack Wheeler, who was placed on the disabled list with a right middle fingernail avulsion. After making four starts with the St. Lucie Mets (High-A) prior to his promotion, the righty started his Double-A debut with a scoreless first inning.
Things came unglued in the second. The Senators pounded out six hits, including three doubles, and took advantage of three wild pitches to jump out to a five-run lead. All three wild pitches uncorked by Germen brought home a run.
The righty shook off the rough frame and finished with four scoreless innings. He struck out the final two in the second and capped his night by retiring 14 of the last 15 Senators he faced. He matched a B-Mets starting pitcher high with nine strikeouts.
Binghamton scratched back in the third against Harrisburg starter Jeff Mandell. Juan Centeno led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. With Matt den Dekker at the plate, Mandell bounced a wild pitch in the dirt. While Centeno scampered for third, catcher Devin Ivany gunned an errant throw to the bag, allowing Centeno to score Binghamton’s first run.
Mandell allowed two more runs in the sixth, his final frame. With two men aboard, Raul Reyes lined an RBI single to right, plating Josh Rodriguez. Juan Lagares followed by bouncing into a run-scoring fielder’s choice, cutting Harrisburg’s lead to two.
The Senators answered right back with two runs in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring groundout and a wild pitch by reliever Edgar Ramirez.
Trailing 7-3, Binghamton loaded the bases in the eighth on three consecutive walks by Ryan Tatusko, who was quickly replaced by Hector Nelo. Nelo allowed one run on a groundout by Lagares, but escapes with no further damage.
After Nelo got two quick outs in the ninth, the righty allowed a single and walked two to load the bases. Erik Davis replaced Nelo and faced Jefry Marte with the tying run on first. Davis needed just four pitches to strikeout Marte to end the game.
Mandell (3-1) collected his third win, while Germen (0-1) dropped his Double-A debut. Davis recorded just one out to collect his first save.