Binghamton scrapped two runs across in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night thanks to two Portland errors to avoid their first shutout loss of the season, 6-2. Josh Thole raised his average to .382 with a two-hit day at the plate, including a double.
Jonathan Malo led off the ninth inning with an infield single to the left side. With one out, Emmanuel Garcia hit a sharp ground ball to second that could have easily been a game-ending double play, but the ball squirted throw the legs of Ryan Khoury allowing Malo to reach third and Garcia to get on base. After Portland reliever Bryce Cox struck out Ruben Tejada, he induced a routine flyball to left that Bubba Bell dropped, costing the Sea Dogs the shutout with two runs scoring.
Jose Sanchez started for the Binghamton (9-8) and went five innings giving up four runs, three of which were earned.
Josh Reddick was quick to welcome Sanchez in the first when he homered to right center leading off the first. Reddick leads the Eastern League with six long balls. Ryan Khoury followed him with a double and Bubba Bell drove in Khoury with a two-out RBI single up the middle making it 2-0.
In the second inning, Portland (9-9) led off with another home run as Jorge Jimenez launched one to right off of Sanchez for his second home run of the year.
The Sea Dogs got a final run off Sanchez in the third when Bell hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Khoury. The run was unearned to Sanchez thanks to a Shawn Bowman error in the frame.
Portland added insurance in the eighth off of Adam Bostick with a solo home run to lead off the frame by Aaron Bates and a two-out RBI double by Argenis Diaz to lengthen the lead to 6-0.
Right-hander Jarod Plummer notched his first win going a season-long 5.2 innings of scoreless work with six strikeouts.