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B-Mets lose 4-2 as bats can't make comeback

BINGHAMTON, NY - The Trenton Thunder scored three runs before the first out and never looked back in a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Mets Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton had 10 hits, but went 3-for-14 with men in scoring position. The B-Mets suffered their third straight loss for the first time since June 27th, dropping to 1.5 games out of first place.

Matt Koch, making his fifth start of the season, was greeted with four consecutive hits to open the game. Tony Renda got the scoring started with a single to center field, the third straight basehit. Tyler Austin followed with an RBI single to right, his fourth straight hit in the series. The Thunder added their third run on a Koch wild pitch one batter later.

Binghamton responded quickly, getting two back in the home half. Gavin Cecchini and LJ Mazzilli began the inning with back-to-back infield singles. Rookie Davis, in his Double-A debut, proceeded to strike out the next two batters. TJ Rivera salvaged the opportunity, smacking a single up the middle to score both runners. The B-Mets would not score the rest of the night.

After allowing hits to the first four batters, Koch then retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced. The one batter he didn't retire was Austin, who launched his second home run of the series to left field, giving Trenton a 4-2 lead.

The B-Mets left two men on base in three different innings, including two in scoring position against reliever Connor Mullee in the sixth. The B-Mets also did not score in the fourth inning, despite notching back-to-back singles to open the frame.

With an out in the ninth, and Alex Smith searching for his first save of the season, Jared King stroked a single to center. Representing the tying run, Cecchini bounced into a game ending double play to second to cap the loss.

Davis (1-0) earned the win in his debut, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5-1/3 innings. Koch (4-6) suffered the loss, allowing four runs and five hits in five innings. Smith notched his first save, facing the minimum in the ninth.

The B-Mets (61-51) conclude their series with Trenton Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM. RHP Tyler Pill gets the start for Binghamton against RHP Cale Coshow.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)