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B-Mets split rain affected twin bill with Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, ME – The Binghamton Mets opened their six-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs by splitting a doubleheader on Monday night at Hadlock Field. Hansel Robles threw a season-best six shutout innings to lead the B-Mets to a 5-0 win in the opener before Angel Cuan allowed a dozen hits in an 8-2 defeat in the nightcap. The B-Mets nightcap loss, securing their fourth doubleheader split of the season, snapped a six-game winning streak.

GAME ONE – B-Mets 5, Sea Dogs 0

Portland starter Henry Owens and B-Mets starter Hansel Robles traded zeroes through the first three innings in the opener. Owens fanned six through three frames, while Robles faced one over the minimum.

The B-Mets broke through against Owens in the fourth. Matt Clark started the frame with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Darrell Ceciliani lined a single to right, plating Clark with the game’s first run.

Clark took centerstage to add to Binghamton’s lead in the fifth. After Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki singled against reliever Michael Olmsted, Clark ripped the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence just inside the foul pole for his eighth homer of the season. Plawecki tacked onto the advantage with a two-out, RBI double to the right-field gap in the sixth.

The offensive support was plenty for Robles. The righty’s first threat came in the fourth when Travis Shaw bounced a one-out triple off the right-field fence. Robles stranded Shaw by retiring Stefan Welch and fanning Blake Swihart in a nine-pitch at-bat. Robles worked around two singles to post a scoreless fifth and stranded two more runners in a blank sixth.

The rain, which had been falling in a steady drizzle for most the contest, increased in intensity in the seventh. With two outs in the top of the inning, play was halted.

Following a one-hour, 39-minute delay, Jose Valdez recorded the final out of the top of the seventh. Cody Satterwhite tossed the final frame for the B-Mets, securing the team’s sixth straight win.

Robles (2-2) held the Sea Dogs hitless in five at-bats with runners in scoring position and tossed a season-best six innings to earn his first win since April 13. Owens (4-3) walked four in his second straight four-innings start in the loss.

GAME TWO – Sea Dogs 8, B-Mets 2

The Sea Dogs jumped on B-Mets starter Angel Cuan in the first inning. Deven Marrero started the offensive attack with an infield single. He stole second, swiped third and came home when Nelfi Zapata’s throw skipped into left field. Portland doubled their lead with three straight two-out singles. Portland tacked on in the second on back-to-back doubles from Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero.

Portland catcher Mike Brenly put the game away early with a blast in the third. With the bases loaded, he launched Cuan’s first pitch over the “Maine Monster”, the 37-foot fence in left-field. Brenly’s grand slam kicked Portland’s lead to seven. Travis Shaw ripped a solo home run off Cuan in the fourth.

Binghamton scratched out their only run against Portland starter Mike McCarthy in the fourth. Matt Clark led off by pulling a single down the right-field line. Jayce Boyd followed with a single to right, putting runners at the corners. Travis Taijeron put the B-Mets on the board by lining a two-out RBI single to right. McCarthy posted a perfect fifth before capping his night by working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

McCarthy (3-2) allowed four hits over six innings in his second win against the B-Mets. Cuan (0-1) suffered the loss in his season debut. Miguel Celestino allowed a run in the seventh for the Sea Dogs.

The B-Mets (24-17) continue their four-day visit to Portland on Tuesday night at 6:00 PM. LHP Darin Gorski takes the mound for Binghamton against LHP Brian Johnson. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show, starting at 5:45 PM, can be heard on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and on the Binghamton Mets Baseball Network via the TuneIn App.

POST-GAME NOTES: Kyle Johnson’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 performance in the opener…Nelfi Zapata went 0-for-3 in his Double-A debut…Hamilton Bennett made his second debut with two scoreless innings in the nightcap

Catch the future stars of the New York Mets all season long at NYSEG Stadium. Visit BMETS.COM, stop by the box office or call 723-METS for tickets.

Be sure to follow the B-Mets on Facebook, Twitter and at the team’s official website (www.bmets.com) for more team information. Fans can also stay up to date with all the action on the field by visiting “B-Mets Buzz with Tim Heiman” at bmets.mlblogs.com.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets)

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