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B-Mets split Doubleheader with the Flying Squirrels

BINGHAMTON, NY - The Binghamton Mets took game one of the doubleheader, 7-4, against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, before dropping the nightcap, 2-1, Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton used a six-run second inning to jump out to the victory, before the offense sputtered for just four hits in game two. Joe Benson launched his third B-Met home run in the win.

Game One- Binghamton 7, Richmond 4

The Binghamton Mets scored all seven runs in the first two innings, as Robert Gsellman earned his fifth win in his last seven starts.

Binghamton began the scoring on a Benson double play ball in the bottom of the first. Richmond quickly responded, getting on the board in the top of second with a Myles Schroder sacrifice fly to center field.

The B-Mets sent 10 men to the plate in the home half, scoring six runs on five hits. LJ Mazzilli gave Binghamton the lead right back with an RBI double to left field, his fifth consecutive hit. TJ Rivera later added on when he cleared the bases with a three-run double to right. Benson put an exclamation point on the inning, launching his third home run of the year well beyond the left field wall.

After allowing two runners over the first three frames, Gsellman was touched up by the Flying Squirrels in the fourth. The first two Squirrels each reached on hits, before Devin Harris cut the deficit in half by hitting his 10th home run far past the left field fence.

Rehabber Erik Goeddel worked around a leadoff double in the sixth to keep Richmond off the board, before Paul Sewald tossed a 1-2-3 seventh to lock down the save.

Gsellman (7-6) earned the win, allowing four runs in five innings. New York resident Matt Gage (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs in 1-2/3 innings. Paul Sewald notched his 21st save.

Game Two- Richmond 2, Binghamton 1

The Binghamton Mets managed just four hits and left the bases loaded in the sixth inning of their 2-1 loss against Richmond. The Flying Squirrel victory earned them a split of the doubleheader.

The game opened as a pitchers' duel, with Rainy Lara facing the minimum over the first three innings, striking out three. Matt Lujan matched him out for out, facing one over the minimum through the first three innings, while striking out four.

Richmond broke the scoreless tie in the fourth, getting a leadoff single from Schroder. After a sacrifice and a bunt, Mitch Delfino lofted a bloop single to shallow left field to get Richmond on the board. Lara would use an inning-ending double play to leave the bases loaded.

Richmond doubled their lead an inning later, when Jackson Williams led off with a single to center. Two batters later, Lujan helped himself out by stroking an RBI double to right field, one hopping the wall.

Binghamton loaded up the bases in the last of the sixth inning with the benefit of a hit, a hit batter, and a walk against reliever Stephen Johnson. With two outs, Johnson walked Vince Belnome to get the B-Mets on the board. Clinging to a one run lead, Richmond turned to Tyler Mizenko to get them out of the jam. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jonathan Galvez bounced into a fielder's choice to third base to end the threat.

Derek Law then got the B-Mets in order in the seventh, earning the split.

Lujan (7-5) enjoyed the win, allowing no runs on three hits over five innings. Lara (6-5) took the loss, surrendering two runs over five innings. Law notched his seventh save.

The B-Mets (66-55) conclude their series with Richmond Thursday at 6:35 PM. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (8-8, 3.86) gets the ball against RHP Tyler Beede (2-7, 4.72).

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)