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B-Mets battle back to beat Harrisburg

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BINGHAMTON, NY – Gavin Cecchini’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning pushed the B-Mets ahead for good as Binghamton overcame a pair of deficits in a 6-5 win over the Harrisburg Senators Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Four B-Met relievers each tossed a scoreless inning to stretch Binghamton’s bullpen shutout streak to 17-1/3 innings. Brock Peterson hit his third home run of the year and drove in three runs for the second straight game.

The scoring was frequent in the opening frames, with the Senators drawing first blood in their first at-bats. Luis Cessa allowed back-to-back singles to open his night. With two outs, Matt Skole singled to right field to drive in the two runners. After the fourth hit of the inning, Chris Bostick lined a single to left field to drive in the third run of the frame.

Matthew Spann had a slow start to his night as well, allowing a one out single to LJ Mazzilli in the home half. Two batters later, Brock Peterson drove his third home run of the year beyond the left field wall to get Binghamton within one run.

The B-Mets would take their first lead an inning later. The rally started with a one-out infield single from Cessa. The next two batters singled, loading the bases for Michael Conforto. The outfielder would leg out a ground ball to avoid a double play and tie the game at third. The next batter, Peterson, singled to short to give Binghamton the lead. It was Peterson’s 22nd RBI in 15 games with Binghamton.

Both starting pitchers settled in over the next few frames, before the Harrisburg bats reawoke in the fifth inning. With two outs and a man at second, Bostick drove a triple to the gap in left-center field for another two-out RBI. The next batter, Shawn Pleffner, stroked a single to left to give Harrisburg the 5-4 advantage.

In the last of the sixth inning, trailing by one, Aderlin Rodriguez was called on to pinch-hit with one out and the tying run at first base. Rodriguez ripped a double to right field, scoring Eudy Pina and getting to third on the play. One batter later, Cecchini lifted a fly ball to left to allow Rodriguez to score the go-ahead run.

That was all the B-Mets bullpen would need, as four different relievers combined to shut out Harrisburg over the final four frames. Paul Sewald surrendered a one out double in the ninth, before inducing a Matt Skole pop-up to third base. Pedro Severino then grounded out to short, giving Binghamton their ninth win in their last 11 games.

Beck Wheeler (4-1) got the win, pitching a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Sammy Solis (0-3) took the loss, allowing one run in two innings for his second blown save. Sewald notched his 12th save in 13 tries.

The B-Mets (37-32) continue their series with Harrisburg Wednesday night at 6:35 PM at NYSEG Stadium. RHP Michael Fulmer (2-0, 3.14) gets the start for Binghamton against LHP Richard Bleier (4-2, 3.34). 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: Brock Peterson leads the EL in RBI (22) since joining Binghamton on June 5th…The B-Mets bullpen has allowed five hits and no runs in their last 17-1/3 innings, striking out 23 batters…Binghamton leads the EL with 17 one-run victories.

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)