Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Mark Cohoon put a bow on the B-Mets first homestand of the season with an eleven-strikeout performance in a 5-3 win over the Portland Sea Dogs tonight at NYSEG Stadium.
The left-hander started things off with a perfect first and was the recipient of solid run support in the bottom half of the frame. The B-Mets offense lit up Sea Dogs starter Alex Wilson for four runs on five hits. Both first-inning tallies set team season-highs for 2011.
Josh Satin and Eric Campbell picked up back-to-back singles and were quickly brought home as Brahiam Maldonado crushed his fourth home run of the season over the right-centerfield wall.
The offensive outburst continued as Kai Gronauer walked and came around to score on consecutive singles by Allan Dykstra and Carlos Guzman. Dykstra’s hit was his first as a B-Met.
Cohoon cruised through the second before hitting a speed bump in the third. A hard-hit double to left field by Ryan Dent snapped a streak of six straight strikeouts for the B-Mets starter.
Portland then took advantage of some shaky defense to get on the scoreboard. With a runner in scoring position, leadoff hitter Che-Hsuan Lin shot a groundball to the left of Jordany Valdespin at short. Valdespin fielded the ball cleanly but his throw to first base was errant and caromed out of play. Lin was credited with an infield single and advanced to second on Valdespin’s second error of the season. Dent was awarded home and the Sea Dogs trimmed the B-Mets lead to three.
The defense was tested again as Alex Hassan sent a sharp ground ball to the hot corner that third baseman Eric Campbell could not handle. The fielding error allowed Hassan to reach and brought home Lin for Portland’s second run of the inning.
The B-Mets answered right back in the bottom half of third with one swing of the bat. Right fielder Carlos Guzman stroked the first pitch he saw from Wilson over the right field fence for his first homerun of the season.
Owning a three-run lead, Cohoon was in control on the hill to close out another strong start. He struck out two more in the fourth, worked out of a jam in the fifth, faced the minimum in the sixth, and turned in a perfect seventh. The southpaw capped off his night by striking out Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda to end the seventh.
Reliever Edgar Ramirez followed step and struck out two in a perfect eighth. However, the right-hander’s bid for his first save of the year ended when he walked two of the first three batters he faced in the ninth.
Jorge Padron represented the tying run at the plate and manager Wally Backman called upon Erik Turgeon to nail down the save. Turgeon forced Padron to ground into a force out as first baseman Josh Satin stabbed a sharp ground ball and threw out Ryan Lavarnway at second.
Will Middlebrooks followed and delivered a fly ball that dropped in front of Jesus Feliciano in center field for a single. The base hit brought home Alex Hassan and cut the B-Mets’ lead to two.
With the tying run at first, Turgeon bounced back and induced Oscar Tejeda to ground out to second to end the game. The right-hander earned his first save as a B-Met and made a winner out of Mark Cohoon.