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B-Mets fall short in extras, fall to Thunder

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Trenton Thunder plated three runs in the 11th inning to beat the Binghamton Mets, 6-3, at NYSEG Stadium Friday night. Each team scored two runs in the ninth inning, with Jared King tying the game with a two-out double to center field. Xorge Carrillo added his seventh home run of the season, as the B-Mets fell out of first place for the first time in more than two weeks.

After leaving a man in scoring position in the first inning, Carrillo got the B-Mets on the board with a home run off the left field foul pole to begin the third.

With Gabriel Ynoa cruising, it appeared that may have been all the offense required for the B-Mets. Ynoa retired the first 11 batters he faced, before walking Tyler Austin with two outs in the fourth. He didn’t surrender his first hit until an out into the fifth inning. Ynoa faced one over the minimum through his first six frames.

Austin ended Ynoa’s cruise in the seventh. Playing in his first game of the season with Trenton, the outfielder belted a solo shot to left-field to tie the game.

The game remained tied into the ninth inning, when Paul Sewald came on in relief for the B-Mets. Austin singled with one out in the inning, moved to second on a groundout, and stole third base. With two outs, Tony Renda lofted a go-ahead single to left field to score Austin. Danny Oh would follow with a double to left field to give the Thunder a two run lead.

TJ Rivera led off the home half of the ninth with a single against Trenton closer Mark Montgomery. Two-batters later, Vince Belnome stroked a pinch-hit double to center, pushing Rivera to third. With two in scoring position, Montgomery bounced back to strike out Carrillo looking on a borderline pitch on the inside corner. With the game on the line, King roped a double into the right-field gap to send the game to extra innings.

The B-Mets went in order in the 10th inning and Jon Velasquez remained on for his second inning of work in the top of the 11th. The frame began with an Austin double. Mark Payton attempted to sacrifice Austin to third, when Josh Rodriguez threw the ball away, allowing Austin to score the go-ahead run. After the first two outs and an intentional walk, Francisco Arica drilled a double to right field to add two insurance runs.

The B-Mets sent the minimum to the plate in the two extra innings, failing to come back a second time.

Montgomery (3-2) earned the win, after blowing the save opportunity by allowing two ninth inning runs. Velasquez (0-2) took the loss, surrendering the go-ahead three runs in his two innings of work. Evan Rutckyj notched his first save.

The B-Mets (61-50) continue their series with Trenton Saturday at 7:05 PM. RHP Matt Koch gets the start for Binghamton against RHP Rookie Davis. 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: Jared King has driven in 14 runs in his last 15 games and is batting .333 with RISP and two outs this season…Danny Oh has recorded multiple hits in his last five games vs. Binghamton…The B-Met bullpen allowed as many runs (5) tonight as their previous 14 games combined (52.1 IP).

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)