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B-Mets fall flat in Altoona

ALTOONA, PA – The Binghamton Mets committed two errors in the fourth that opened the door for a decisive three-run inning in a 5-2 loss to the Altoona Curve on Thursday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. TJ Rivera’s first-inning homer, his third blast in two games, failed to make up for Binghamton’s 0-for-6 showing at the plate with runners in scoring position.

Gavin Cecchini started the big inning by letting Jose Osuna’s grounder to short roll through his legs for his second error of the game. Following two singles, Altoona got a gift and grabbed the lead when LJ Mazzilli bounced a throw to second on a potential double play. Mel Rojas added to Altoona’s lead with a run-producing double play and Barrett Barnes scampered home with the Curve’s third run of the inning on a wild pitch.

Playing from behind, the B-Mets had a pair of key opportunities slip through their fingers. Binghamton loaded the bases in the fifth on two singles and a walk, but Rivera bounced out to the mound to end the frame. In the seventh, Joe Benson struck out with the potential tying run on first.

Binghamton had started the game with a bang. Rivera put the B-Mets on the board by depositing Kuhl’s eighth pitch of the game into the left-field bleachers.

Altoona struck back in the third to tie the game at one. Mel Rojas Jr. walked to start the inning, took second on a groundout and came home when Adam Frazier flared a two-out single into shallow left-center.

Reliever Tom Harlan allowed a sacrifice fly to Vince Belnome in the sixth before keeping the B-Mets at bay. The southpaw stranded two in the seventh and tossed a blank eighth. Jhondaniel Media fired a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Gsellman (6-6) allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits over five innings in the defeat, his first since July 6. Kuhl (9-4) was touched for one run on three hits in five innings and collected the win.

The B-Mets (63-52) conclude their three-game series against the Curve on Thursday night at 7:00 PM. RHP Rainy Lara takes the hill in the rubber match opposite RHP Matt Benedict. The Horizons Federal Credit ion Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:45 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: Altoona’s run in the ninth snapped Binghamton’s bullpen shutout streak at 14 innings…eight of last ten runs allowed by Robert Gsellman have been unearned…in the ninth, Josh Smoker allowed his first inherited runner to score after going 7-for-7 since joining the B-Mets

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)