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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies opened up their six-game home stand with a 4-1 win against the Erie SeaWolves, Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton’s victory, their second in the last nine games, was highlighted by a season-best 14 strikeouts from Ponies pitching.
For the ninth time this season, the Rumble Ponies gave up the game’s first run. Kenny Wilson’s first-inning sacrifice fly pushed home Jacob Robson, who started the game with an infield single. Erie’s 1-0 lead would be their only one on Friday night.
Crismatt (2-1), meanwhile, settled in after allowing the first-inning tally. He twirled six innings of six-hit ball, while whiffing nine SeaWolves and walking one. In his only other NYSEG Stadium start this season, Crismatt tossed six innings of one-hit baseball against Portland.
The Rumble Ponies response occurred just an inning later when they rallied for two runs in the second. After Peter Alonso’s leadoff walk, Jeff McNeil singled, putting two aboard for Kevin Taylor. Taylor’s fielder’s choice pushed Alonso and McNeil into scoring position for Tim Tebow. Tebow floated Spencer Turnbull’s pitch down the left field line for a two-run single, propelling the Ponies in front, 2-1.
Turnbull (0-2) went four innings, coughing up a pair of earned runs. The righty allowed five hits, had two strikeouts and walked three.
In the fifth inning, Patrick Mazeika gave the Rumble Ponies their first insurance run, blasting his first home run of the season over the fence in right field. Binghamton’s catcher finished the night 3-for-4 with hits in his final three plate appearances.
The Binghamton bullpen preserved the advantage by hurling three scoreless innings. Daniel Zamora and Tyler Bashlor combined to strike out six SeaWolves without allowing a walk.
Binghamton (5-7) continues its three-game set against Erie on Saturday afternoon. Rumble Ponies are set to send RHP Mickey Jannis to the bump to face SeaWolves RHP Kyle Funkhouser. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 2:50 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POST GAME NOTES:Binghamton’s now 2-7 when the opponent scores first…Tim Tebow reached base in all four plate appearances…Tyler Bashlor has not allowed a run in 16 Double-A appearances (21.1 IP)…
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