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B-Mets split twin bill against Thunder

BINGHAMTON, NY  The Binghamton Mets lost to the Trenton Thunder 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader, but got their revenge in the nightcap with a 4-3 victory to salvage a doubleheader split on Saturday at NYSEG Stadium.

GAME 1

The B-Mets could not recover from an early 3-0 deficit, as they fell to the Thunder 4-2 in the first game of the day.

Kyle Roller provided the big hit for the Thunder in the top of the first inning against Logan Verrett. After the first two batters of the game singled, Roller snuck a line drive over the right field wall for a three-run home run.

Danny Muno began the comeback effort in the home half of the first inning with a leadoff solo home run to right field against Shane Greene. In the third inning, Josh Rodriguez joined the home run parade with a solo home run of his own over the left-centerfield wall.

On the mound, Verrett was dialed in after giving up the first inning home run. He retired 18 of the next 19 batters, allowing an infield single by Jose Pirela in the fifth inning.

The B-Met offense could not find the big hit they needed against Greene. In the game, Binghamton went 1-for-10 with RISP while stranding seven men on base.

Greene (2-1) earned the win on the mound, and Verrett (8-3) was tagged with the loss. That was the second consecutive game that Verrett has lost on the mound. Tommy Kahnle entered the game in the seventh and worked around a leadoff walk to earn his 10th save of the year.

GAME 2

The B-Met fell behind early for the second consecutive game, but came back to beat the Thunder, 4-3 in the nightcap.

Ramon Flores put Trenton on the board in the first inning against Mark Cohoon when he scored on a passed ball by Xorge Carrillo. That proved to be the only offense by either team in the first three innings, as both Cohoon and Mikey OBrien were very effective on the hill.

Binghamton busted through against OBrien in the bottom of the fourth. Cesar Puello got the first B-Met hit of the game with a leadoff infield single, and Allan Dykstra followed by lacing a line drive into right field. With two men on base, Rhyne Hughes tied the game with a bloop single into right field. In the frame, Binghamton loaded the bases but was unable to take the lead.

They picked things up however in the bottom of the fifth. The first three batters of the inning reached against OBrien, and Puello gave Binghamton a 2-1 lead with an RBI double down the right field line. Dykstra followed with a sacrifice fly, and that was the end of the night for OBrien. He handed things off to Fred Lewis, who surrendered an RBI single by Travis Taijeron to put the B-Mets ahead 4-1.

In the sixth, Trenton made a comeback effort when Reegie Corona blasted a two-run home run off of Cohoon to cut the lead to 4-3. Chase Huchingson was then called upon and he retired all three hitters he faced to end the threat. Closer Jeff Walters came in the seventh inning and slammed the door to seal the victory.

Cohoon (4-3) earned the win on the mound; it was his first victory since May 5th @ Harrisburg. OBrien (5-3) got the loss, and is now 1-2 against Binghamton this season. Walters pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning as he picked up his league-leading 19th save of the year.

Binghamton (49-29) concludes their four-game series against the Thunder (41-39) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM as RHP Noah Syndergaard takes the ball for Binghamton against RHP Michael Pineda for the Thunder. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show begins at 12:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.

POSTGAME NOTES: The B-Mets have now split all three doubleheaders this seasona win on Sunday would give Binghamton their 10th straight series winJoe Bonfe was ejected from Game 2 in the bottom of the fourth inning by home plate umpire Luke Hamilton

Individual tickets for all 71 Binghamton Mets 2013 home games are on sale now. Visit the NYSEG Stadium box office during regular operating hours, purchase them online at www.bmets.com or call the office at (607)723-METS.

Be sure to follow the B-Mets on Facebook, Twitter and at the teams official website: www.bmets.com for more team information.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)

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