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B-Mets blank Rock Cats for Lopez's 299th win

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets struck out a season-high 14 batters in their 10th shutout of the season, beating the New Britain Rock Cats, 3-0, Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Michael Fulmer matched a career-high with nine strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his fourth win in five starts. Jonathan Galvez reached base safely in all four plate appearances and capped a three-hit game with a two-run double in the eighth.

Fulmer was sharp from the get-go, retiring the first seven batters he faced. After surrendering back-to-back singles with an out in the third inning, Fulmer proceeded to strike out seven of the next nine batters he faced. The only runner New Britain had the rest of the night against Fulmer was erased on a double play in the sixth inning.

Ryan Arrowood kept the B-Mets off balance during his five innings of work, making his first start in a month. After stranding the bases loaded in the first inning, Arrowood allowed just two hits in his final four frames.

The righty gave way to Gus Schlosser in the sixth, who was greeted with a leadoff single from Travis d’Arnaud. With two outs, d’Arnaud scored on a Joe Benson double that hit off the lip of the infield grass and ricocheted off the shortstop into left field foul territory.

Fulmer gave way to the bullpen after six innings, as Jeff Walters came on to work a 1-2-3 seventh in his second B-Met appearance of the season.

After Walters, it was Jon Velasquez’s turn in the eighth. Abel Baker stroked a ground-rule double to left with one out, and advanced to third on a groundout. With the potential tying run at third base, Velasquez got of the jam with a strikeout of Jayson Langfels.

Binghamton added insurance runs in the home half against Jose Ortega. With one out, Benson singled and LJ Mazzilli followed with a walk. Galvez drove both teammates in with a double to dead center, giving Binghamton a 3-0 lead. They were Galvez’s first B-Met RBI.

Paul Sewald struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to shut the door for the B-Met victory.

Fulmer (6-2) earned the win, tossing six more shutout frames. The righty allowed two earned runs or fewer for the ninth straight game. Schlosser (7-4) suffered the loss, allowing an unearned run in 1-1/3 innings. Sewald notched his 16th save of the year.

The B-Mets (56-46) wrap up their series with New Britain Wednesday night at 6:35 PM at NYSEG Stadium. RHP Robert Gsellman gets the ball against LHP Harrison Musgrave. 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: Michael Fulmer has struck out 30 Rock Cats, while walking one, in 22 innings this season…Binghamton has struck out double-digit Rock Cats in five straight games, setting a new season-high in three of the games… Binghamton’s nine wins against the Rock Cats are tied for the most in a season since 2004…Tuesday was Pedro Lopez’s 299th as B-Met Manager.

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