Portland outlasts B-Mets in 15 innings

By wbng sports

July 13, 2013 Updated Jul 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In a game that took over five hours to complete, the Binghamton Mets fell to the Portland Sea Dogs, 8-5 Friday night at NYSEG Stadium.

After neither team scored through the first five extra innings, the Sea Dogs scored three unearned runs in the top of the 15th inning to break a 5-5 tie against Chasen Bradford. He had two outs in the frame with runners on first and second base. Garin Cecchini grounded a ball to Josh Rodriguez at third, but his throw to second base sailed wide into the outfield and allowed a run to score. Portland then tacked on when they scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Michael Almanzar.

Extra innings were set up by a two-run ninth inning for the B-Mets. The rally began when Wilfredo Tovar hit a ground ball that trickled through the legs of Heiker Meneses at shortstop. Danny Muno followed with a single to right field, and Tovar moved to third base to put runners on the corners. Cesar Puello singled to score Tovar, and Allan Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield to tie the game at five.

Binghamton scored the first run of the game way back in the first inning against Portland start Keith Couch. After a leadoff double by Muno, Darrell Ceciliani placed a sacrifice bunt down the line to move the runner to third. Cesar Puello followed with an RBI single into left field to give the B-Mets an early 1-0 lead.

Portland responded in a big way in the top of the second against Mark Cohoon.
With one out, Brandon Jacobs doubled, and was the first of four consecutive batters to hit safely in the inning. The frame consisted of four runs and six base hits as Portland took an early 4-1 lead. In the third, the B-Mets cut the lead to one with two runs against Couch. Wilfredo Tovar scored on a balk, and Puello provided his second RBI single to make it a 4-3 game.

That score held until Cohoon allowed an unearned run in the sixth inning. With two outs, a groundball went off the glove of Richard Lucas at third which allowed Meneses to score, making the score 5-3.

Binghamton came back in the ninth with two runs to push the game to extras, but failed to crack the Portland bullpen. Matty Ott retired the first 10 batters he faced in his Double-A career, and threw 4.0 shutout frames to preserve the tie.

For Binghamton Adam Kolarek, Pedro Feliciano, and Chase Huchingson each threw two scoreless inning each after relieving Cohoon in the seventh. Bradford (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound after allowing the three runs in the 15th inning.

Portland used four pitchers in their victory. Keith Couch threw the first six and gave up three runs and eight hits. Bobby Lanigan followed with three innings, and received a blown save in the ninth inning. After Ott threw four innings, position player Ryan Dent threw two scoreless frames to earn the win. He is the second Portland position player in their history to pick up a win on the mound.

The B-Mets (55-34) continue their series against the Sea Dogs (46-44) with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for 5:05 PM as LHP Darin Gorski takes the ball for Binghamton against RHP Terry Doyle for Portland. Each of the two games are slated for seven innings.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets)