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Bullpen falters as B-Mets fall 4-1

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Harrisburg Senators scored four runs in the last two innings to beat the Binghamton Mets, 4-1, Wednesday night at NSYEG Stadium. Michael Fulmer tossed seven shutout innings in a no-decision, while Gavin Cecchini had three of Binghamton’s seven hits, including his fifth home run of the year.

Binghamton opened the game with back-to-back singles against Richard Bleier, but the lefty followed by retiring the next three B-Mets, stranding the two men on base. After setting down seven straight, Bleier was met by a Cecchini home run to left field with one out in the third inning. It was Binghamton’s only run production and looked like it would be enough for Fulmer.

Fulmer worked around a first inning single before facing the minimum over the next three innings. The righty was aided by two pickoffs during that span, erasing the only Senators to get on base. Fulmer then pitched around a two-out single in the fifth inning before retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced.

His counterpart cruised after the Cecchini home run, keeping the pitcher’s duel intact. Bleier retired the next five batters he faced after the homer, before allowing two singles in the fifth inning. The southpaw proceeded to induce an inning ending double play from LJ Mazzilli to get out of the threat. It was the 16th double play hit into by the B-Mets in their nine games against Harrisburg.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jared King lined a triple into the gap in right-center field. The base hit ended the night for Fulmer, who, at 87 pitches, was called back from the on-deck circle for a pinch hitter. Brock Peterson pinch-hit and tapped the pitch in front of home plate. Catcher Pedro Severino pounced on the ball and threw out Peterson at first to end the threat.

Matt Koch came on in the eighth and was met with a Severino single. Severino was sacrificed to second before a Koch walk put two on-base. After the two runners moved into scoring position on a groundout, Wilmer Difo stroked a single to center field to break Harrisburg’s 12 inning scoring drought. One batter later, Trea Turner tripled to left-center field to add on to Harrisburg’s lead.

The B-Mets went in order in the eighth and the Senators added an insurance run in the ninth inning. With two outs, Koch hit Severino with a pitch. Severino then stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Chris Bostick followed with a single to center field to drive in the run.

The B-Mets got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning after a Brandon Nimmo single and a Xorge Carrillo walk. Representing the tying run, Jared King struck out swinging against Sam Runion to close out the 4-1 Harrisburg win.

Bleier (5-2) earned the win, allowing a run and six hits in seven innings. Koch (4-2) suffered the blown save and loss, allowing four runs in two innings pitched.

The B-Mets (37-33) continue their series with Harrisburg Thursday night at 6:35 PM at NYSEG Stadium. RHP Robert Gsellman (1-3, 4.70) gets the start for Binghamton against RHP Dakota Bacus (3-1, 3.50). 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 loss ended a four-game winning streak for Binghamton at NYSEG Stadium…Harrisburg has outscored the B-Mets by 20 runs through the first nine meetings, winning five games…The four runs allowed were the first by the B-Met bullpen in the past eight games.

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)