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Peterson's power propels Pedro to 300th win

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets hit three home runs and rode an eight run second inning to an 11-4 win over the New Britain Rock Cats Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Brock Peterson hit home runs in consecutive at-bats for his first multi-homer game of the season. Robert Gsellman earned his fourth win in his last six starts.

After going in order in the first inning, the B-Met bats exploded against Harrison Musgrave in the second. The B-Mets began the scoring with an RBI single from Jonathan Galvez, his fifth consecutive hit. After the second Rock Cat error of the inning, Gsellman helped himself out with an RBI groundout to third. Gavin Cecchini followed with a two run single to left to double the B-Met lead. The very next batter, Travis D’arnaud, continued the rally with an RBI double to left. Two batters later, Brock Peterson capped the big inning with a three run homer to left.

After Gsellman retired the first 10 batters he faced, New Britain got their first baserunner of the game on a Cecchini error. Mike Tauchmin followed with the first Rock Cats hit of the night and, two batters later, Will Swanner got New Britain on the board with an RBI single to center. Later in the frame, with two in scoring position, Zach Osborne singled to center field to drive in another Rock Cats run, before Gilbert Gomez gunned down Swanner trying to score on the play, ending the threat.

Binghamton quickly got the runs back, as Josh Rodriguez led off the home half with a blast off the message board in left field. It was Rodriguez’s 16th home run of the season, second most in the league. Two pitches later, Peterson drilled his second home run of the night to the same spot. It was Peterson’s first multi-homer game in over two years.

Leading 11-2, Gsellman was done after five innings. Matt Koch was the first man out of the B-Met bullpen and was greeted with a Tauchman triple. Tauchman would score one batter later on a Jordan Patterson sacrifice fly to right field. Swanner would draw the Rock Cats closer by hitting his 15th home run of the season to right field. Koch ended his night by striking out the final four batters he faced.

The B-Mets did not score after the fourth inning, as Adam Kolarek and Akeel Morris combined to get the final six outs of the night.

Gsellman (5-5) earned the win, allowing two unearned runs in five innings. Musgrave (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs in 1-2/3 innings. Seven of the runs allowed by the southpaw were unearned.

The B-Mets (57-46) head to Richmond for a four game series that begins Thursday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Rainy Lara gets the ball against LHP Adalberto Mejia. 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: Robert Gsellman has a 2.51 ERA in his last nine starts…Wednesday was Pedro Lopez’s 300th career win with Binghamton…Brock Peterson became the third B-Met to hit two home runs in one game…Wednesday was the second time Binghamton has hit back-to-back home runs in a game this season…The B-Mets eighth run second inning was their largest of the season.

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)