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Gee Whiz! B-Mets bats quiet again

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets managed a season-low three hits in their 3-2 loss against the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Dillon Gee took the loss in the rehab appearance, allowing two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The B-Mets have now lost a season-high four consecutive games.

Binghamton stranded the winning run on-base in the ninth, going 1-for-9 with men in scoring position.

After a 1-2-3 first inning, William Cuevas lost the strike zone in the second inning, allowing the B-Mets to jump on the scoreboard first. After two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases, Binghamton scored on a Eudy Pina sacrifice fly. Binghamton stranded two runners in the inning.

The lead was short lived, as a Jairo Perez error put a man at second base with one out in the third inning. Marco Hernandez singled to center field one batter later to tie the score.

Portland took their first lead of the night one inning later against Gee. After two quick outs, Gee allowed back-to-back doubles, the latter by Aneury Tavarez, to give the Sea Dogs a 2-1 edge.

Portland would tack on in the seventh inning, when Gee walked the leadoff batter. After striking out Jonathan Roof, Gee’s night was done with 6 1/3 innings in the book. Matt Koch came on and allowed a single and a fielder’s choice, putting men on the corners with two outs. Jantzen Witte singled to center field to drive in his 34th RBI of the year, giving Portland a 3-1 lead. The run was charged to Gee.

Binghamton drew closer in the home half of the frame, when Eudy Pina walked, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error from catcher Luis Martinez. Gilbert Gomez singled to left to bring in Pina with his seventh RBI of the year. The B-Mets trailed 3-2 after seven innings.

The score remained that way heading to the bottom of the ninth. Pina led off the ninth with a double and moved to third on a Perez ground out. Needing just a fly ball, Gilbert Gomez struck out for the second out. After a Gavin Cecchini walk, putting the winning run on base, Jared King struck out swinging to end the ballgame.

Gee (0-1) took the loss in the rehab appearance, allowing two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered five hits, walked two, and struck out four. Cuevas (6-2) earned the win, retiring the final 10 B-Mets he faced. He surrendered just one hit and one run in his six innings, striking out three.

The B-Mets (24-22) wrap up their series with the Portland Sea Dogs Thursday morning, at 10:35 PM. Binghamton RHP Luis Cessa (3-3, 3.58) gets the ball against RHP Justin Haley (1-5, 6.03). The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 10:20 PM on ESPN 1360 WYOS and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: The B-Mets have scored fewer than three runs in four of their last 10 games…Binghamton is 3-for-26 with men in scoring position over their last four games…Jayce Boyd walked twice, but had his season-high hitting streak end at 12 games…Binghamton matched a season-high with seven walks, after having one total in their previous two games combined.

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