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B-Mets get huge lift from Conforto in 3-2 win

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BINGHAMTON, NY – Michael Conforto launched a two-run homer in the fifth to push the Binghamton Mets ahead for good in a 3-2 victory over the Trenton Thunder on Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium. Robert Gsellman gifted himself a victory on his 22nd birthday, allowing two unearned runs over seven innings. Conforto’s blast, his fifth as a B-Met, helped the B-Mets move to within 1.5 games of first place, their smallest margin since May 3rd.

Binghamton had four base runners in the first two innings, but hit into a pair of doubleplays to stay off the scoreboard. With one out in the third, Gavin Cecchini reached on a two-base error from Tony Renda and came in to score on an RBI single from the next batter, LJ Mazzilli, to get Binghamton on the board.

Trenton would respond by taking the lead a half inning later with the help of a fielding error. After retiring the first 10 batters he faced, Gsellman issued a one-out walk to Jake Cave in the top of the fourth. After a Cecchini throwing error extended the frame, Mark Payton double to center field to drive in the two runners.

Joel De La Cruz, in his first start with Trenton this season, walked Cecchini with an out in the fifth. Two batters later, Conforto pulled his second home run of the series beyond the wall in right to take the 3-2 advantage.

Leading 3-2 after five, Gsellman responded by tossing a 1-2-3 sixth. With one out and a runner at second in the seventh, Cecchini committed his second throwing error of the night, this time at third base, to put men on the corners. With one out, Eddy Rodriguez lifted a fly ball to left-center field. Despite Conforto losing it in the lights, Brandon Nimmo slid over to make the catch in the gap and throw out Dan Fiorito at the plate for an inning ending doubleplay.

Adam Kolarek worked around a two-out walk in the eighth, paving the way for Jon Velasquez in the ninth inning. After getting the first two outs, Taylor Dugas singled and stole second base. With the tying run in scoring position, Velasquez struck out Cito Culver for the final out.

Gsellman (4-5) allowed two hits and two unearned runs over seven innings, winning back-to-back B-Met starts for the first time. De La Cruz (1-2) allowed three runs in 4-2/3 innings, taking the loss in his first start of the year. Velasquez earned his 13th save, notching back-to-back saves for the first time since May 9th.

The B-Mets (49-43) wrap up their series with the Trenton Thunder Sunday at 1:05 PM. RHP Rainy Lara gets the ball against LHP Caleb Smith.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)