Posted by Mack Ade at 5:00 PM
BINGHAMTON,NY – The Binghamton Mets snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided gettingswept by the Reading Phillies in an 8-5 win Thursday afternoon at NYSEGStadium. The B-Mets pounded out eleven hits, including nine over the finalthree innings, to improve to 13-7 in series finales.
Aftersweeping a doubleheader yesterday, the R-Phils jumped out to an early leadagainst B-Mets starter Zack Wheeler. Tim Kennelly walked to start the game andmoved station-to-station, eventually scoring when Brandon Tripp beat out apotential inning-ending double play.
TheB-Mets wasted little time to erase the deficit against starter Austin Hyatt.Juan Lagares reached on a walk and scored three batters later when EricCampbell lifted a double to the right field alley. Dustin Martin chasedCampbell home with another double, shooting a two-bagger to left-center.
Downby one, Reading responded in the third against Wheeler. Kennelly shot a one-outdouble down the third base line and came home on an RBI single by Miguel Abreuto tie the game at two.
Wheelerbattled back with two scoreless innings before surrendering his final run inthe sixth. Leandro Castro sent a two-out double to right field and came homewith the go-ahead run on Jeremy Barnes’ single to right center. Wheeler cappedhis day by inducing Troy Hanzawa to ground out. The righty exited after sixinnings, having allowed a season-high three runs on seven hits.
Afterallowing two runs on two hits in the first, Hyatt kicked into cruise control.The righty retired the next 13 B-Mets he faced, breezing into the sixth inning.The streak came to an abrupt halt when Lagares scorched a triple to center.Reese Havens tied the game at three with a single to center. Following a doubleby Campbell that ended Hyatt’s day, reliever Frank Gailey entered and picked uptwo outs to end the threat.
EdgarRamirez took over in the seventh and preserved the tie game, working around afielding error by third baseman Jefry Marte and a walk to put up a scorelessinning.
TheB-Mets took the lead for good in the seventh without a single ball leaving theinfield. Juan Centeno started the inning with an infield single against Gailey andPedro Zapato followed with a walk. Pinch hitter Joe Bonfe loaded the bases bysneaking a bunt single towards third. Lagares gave Binghamton the lead byworking out a bases-loaded walk.
Withone out and the bases loaded, Gailey was replaced by Juan Morillo. The rightyinduced Jefry Marte to hit a dribbler back to the mound. Morillo’s throw homesailed to the backstop, allowing Bonfe to score. Binghamton packed on four moreruns in the eighth against Morillo, tagging the righty for four singles andtaking advantage of two more bases-loaded walks.
AfterBrad Holt posted a perfect eighth, the B-Mets handed a five-run lead to AdrianRosario in the ninth. The righty could not cap the game, allowing two runs onthree hits and a walk. With two aboard and the tying run at the plate, RobertCarson came in and induced Sebastian Valle to fly out to center to end thegame.
Ramirez(1-1) picked up his first win as a B-Met since July 14, 2011 while Carson earnedhis fourth save. Gailey (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs (one earned)in one inning of relief.
TheB-Mets (30-32) kick off a three-game series against the Altoona Curve,affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday night at 7:05 PM. RHP GonzalezGerman takes the mound for Binghamton against RHP Brandon Cumpton. The HorizonsFederal Credit Union pre-game show begins at 6:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.
from team press release