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B-Mets blunders cost Gant in AA return

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets committed two errors and two balks, leading to four runs in their 6-1 loss against the Portland Sea Dogs Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets went 0-for-10 with men in scoring position, managing a ninth inning run to avoid the shutout. The loss snapped Binghamton’s five-game winning streak against Portland.

John Gant made his first B-Met start since May 23rd, having spent the past five weeks in St. Lucie, and was greeted with immediate trouble in the first inning. Marco Hernandez singled to begin the game and moved to third when Eudy Pina dropped a Carlos Asuaje fly ball in right field one batter later. Portland had two in scoring position before an out was made, driving them both in with back-to-back sacrifice flies. Jantzen Witte started the scoring, before Sam Travis made it 2-0.

Binghamton left a man in scoring position in each of the first two innings, before sending three to the plate in the third inning with the help of a double play.

Witte led off the fourth with a ground rule double to center field. He remained there three batters later, when Manuel Margot tripled to center field to drive him in.

After the B-Mets went in order in the home half, Portland added on to their lead an inning later. With two outs, Hernandez reached base on a two-bag error from Aderlin Rodriguez at first base. Asuaje followed with a single to left field to give Portland a 5-0 lead.

Binghamton left a man on in the fifth, and another in scoring position in the sixth. The B-Mets drew two walks in the eighth inning before Brock Peterson fouled out to end the threat.

Akeel Morris ran into trouble in the ninth inning, making his first appearance in four days. With two one and one out, Morris pushed both runners into scoring position with his first balk of the frame. After getting out number two, Morris committed his second balk, allowing Travis to score. Romanski then finished off the at-bat with a single to left field, capping the Sea Dogs scoring.

Brandon Nimmo led off the ninth inning with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, and third on a passed ball. With one out, Dustin Lawley drove him home with a ground out to third base.

Haley (3-9) tossed six shutout innings for the third time this season to earn the win. Gant (2-4) suffered his first loss since May 10th, allowing one earned run in six frames. Josh Smoker pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts in his B-Met debut.

The B-Mets (41-40) wrap up their series with Portland Monday night at NYSEG Stadium with a 6:35 first pitch. RHP Robert Gsellman gets the ball against RHP Luis Diaz. 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: Portland snapped their five-game losing streak against the B-Mets...Binghamton is batting .152 with men in scoring position over their last four games…Josh Smoker has thrown nine consecutive scoreless innings.

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)