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Conforto's big night spoiled by loss

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets erased three deficits, but Trenton’s two-run eighth was too much to overcome in a 6-4 series-opening loss on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Trenton scored the go-ahead run on an Adam Kolarek wild pitch in the eighth and held off Binghamton’s comeback bid. Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Gavin Cecchini registered multiple hits for the fifth straight game.

Trenton took their first lead before the B-Mets even had a chance to bat. After striking out the first batter of the game, Rainy Lara allowed three consecutive singles. The last one was an RBI base hit to right field for Eric Jagielo.

Binghamton played catch up all night long, beginning in the third inning. Yeixon Ruiz singled and Cecchini drew a walk to begin the frame. Conforto followed with a single to center, tying the game at one.

Trenton took the lead right back in their next at-bat, as Dante Bichette Jr. tripled to the right field corner with one out in the fourth. He scored one batter later when Mark Payton grounded to first and reached on an Aderlin Rodriguez throwing error.

The top of Binghamton’s order would overcome another deficit in the fifth inning. Ruiz and Cecchini began the frame with back-to-back singles. Conforto then brought in Ruiz for the second time in the game, beating out a doubleplay ball to third.

Tied at two, Trenton took their third lead a half inning later. With two outs and two on, Lara was relieved by Chase Huchingson. The southpaw walked the first man he faced before allowing a two run single to Ali Castillo, breaking the tie.

The B-Mets would chip away, beginning in the home half of the sixth. Aderlin Rodriguez singled to left field with one out and moved to second on a ground out to third. With two away, Jared King brought him in with a liner to left for the first of his two hits in the game.

Binghamton overcame their third deficit in the next inning. With one out, Cecchini and Conforto stroked back-to-back doubles. For Conforto it was his third RBI of the night and the fourth in his first three games with Binghamton.

Kolarek came on to pitch the eighth. The lefty got into trouble, walking two of the first three batters he faced. After a ground out moved the two runners into scoring position, Kolarek uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop allowing Mark Payton to score the decisive run. Trenton would add on with an Ali Castillo RBI single to center field.

The B-Mets stranded two runners on in the bottom of the eighth before Nick Goody came on for the ninth inning. After getting the first two outs of the frame, Goody induced a Josh Rodriguez ground ball to third base. Eric Jagielo airmailed the throw to first, allowing Rodriguez to reach. With a second chance, Dustin Lawley came to the plate as the tying run. Goody got Lawley to strike out swinging to close out the 6-4 win.

Cesar Vargas (2-0) got the win, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Adam Kolarek (1-1) earned the loss, allowing two runs and walking three batters in an inning. Goody notched his second save of the year.

The B-Mets (26-25) continue their series with Trenton Wednesday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Gabriel Ynoa gets the start for Binghamton against LHP Miguel Sulbaran. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: The B-Mets overcame three deficits in the same game for the second time this year. It was the first time Binghamton trailed four different times in a game…It was the longest nine-inning game for the B-Mets (3:14) since April 18…Binghamton has scored four or more runs in three straight games for the first time since May 8-10.

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)