Allan Dykstra hit a two-run home run with one out in the top of the ninth inning off Josh Schmidt to lead the B-Mets past the Trenton Thunder in comeback fashion by a 3-2 score last night at Waterfront Park. Brahiam Maldonado had started the rally by singling off Schmidt one batter earlier. Dykstra’s blast, his third of the season, took B-Mets starter Robert Carson off the hook. The left-hander had allowed just two runs on six hits and struck out eight over 7.0 innings. The eight strike outs matched a season-high while the seven inning set a new season-high. Carson’s only blemishes were an RBI single by Addison Maruszak in the third and a solo home run by Raymond Kruml in the fifth. Binghamton scratched out their only run against Trenton starter Carlos Silva on an RBI single by Carlos Guzman in the second inning. Ricky Brooks tossed a perfect eighth inning and was rewarded with his second win after Dykstra’s homer. Erik Turgeon allowed a baserunner in the ninth, but retired Jose Pirela to rack up his second save.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP: RHP Jeurys Familia makes his second start in a Binghamton Mets uniform. The Dominican struck out six and walked none over 7.0 innings in his Double-A debut against the New Britain Rock Cats on May 10. Familia took a no-decision while allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits.
RHP Dellin Betances makes his fifth start of the season. The New York native has allowed just two earned runs in 18.0 innings this year. The right-hander is on a two-game winning streak, having thrown five shutout innings against the Reading Phillies in his last start on May 9. Betances was selected by the Yankees in the 8th round of the 2006 draft out of Grand Street HS (Brooklyn, NY).
NINTH INNING MAGIC: The B-Mets earned their first win of the season when trailing after eight innings. They had been winless in 14 prior tries in that situation. They join only five other teams in the league to perform the comeback feat. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats lead the league with three wins when trailing after eight innings, with two of those wins coming against the B-Mets (4/14 & 4/15)
ONE-RUN VICTORY: With their 3-2 win last night, the B-Mets earned their third one-run victory of the season. Binghamton’s last one-run win came on April 18 with their 6-5 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs.
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME?: Allan Dykstra’s home run in the ninth innings last night off Josh Schmidt was Bing-hamton’s first homer in any ninth inning this year