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B-Mets rally starts too late in loss to Trenton

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Trenton Thunder plated three runs off Michael Fulmer and held off a late B-Mets rally to hand Binghamton a 3-2 loss on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets hit into three double plays, stranded the tying run on base in each of the final two innings, and watched their five-game winning streak come to an end. Michael Conforto provided one of Binghamton’s few offensive highlights, launching his fourth B-Met home run of the season in the seventh.

Trenton struck first, getting on the board before Binghamton had the opportunity to bat. Danny Oh led off the game with a double to left, moved to third on a groundball, and came in to score on a Jake Cave groundout. It was the sixth time Trenton has scored first in their last seven games.

The Thunder used another groundout to add on in the fourth. With one out, Gary Sanchez doubled to right. He moved to third on a balk from Fulmer, and came in to score on a Tony Renda grounder to second.

Trenton got back on the board an inning later, getting Cito Culver on base with a leadoff walk. With one out, Culver advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw from Fulmer. Ali Castillo singled to center, Trenton’s first hit with a man in scoring position, two batters later to give the Thunder a 3-0 advantage.

Kyle Haynes stifled the B-Mets through the first six innings, holding Binghamton to just three hits. Michael Conforto began the seventh by crushing his fourth home run to left-center field for an opposite field blast.

Binghamton would get a one-out baserunner in the frame, before Josh Rodriguez hit into the third B-Met doubleplay of the night.

With two one and one out in the eighth, Gavin Cecchini hit a doubleplay ball to second base that Renda botched, costing the Thunder an out. Renda did get the force out at second on the play, putting B-Mets on the corners with two away. Cesar Vargas then uncorked his sixth wild pitch of the season, allowing Joe Benson to come down to score from third.

After a walk to LJ Mazzilli, Andrew Bailey came on to get Conforto to fly to right, stranding two men on base.

Binghamton got the leadoff man on in the ninth when Bailey walked Brock Peterson. The former big leaguer then got back-to-back pop ups before striking out Benson for his first save in over two years.

Fulmer (4-2) took the loss, allowing three runs in five innings. Haynes (2-6) earned the win, allowing one run in 6-1/3 innings. Bailey got four outs for his first save of the season.

The B-Mets (47-43) continue their series with the Trenton Thunder Friday at 7:05 PM. RHP John Gant gets the ball against RHP Jaron Long. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: Dario Alvarez has retired the last 21 lefty batters he has faced…Trenton is 11-2 on Thursday’s this season…Binghamton is 0-4 against Trenton this season…The B-Mets had won their previous four series openers.

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)