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3 Innings, All the Rumble Ponies Needed

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The Binghamton Rumble Ponies pounded out 11 hits, including a three-run homer by Patrick Mazeika, and held on to beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 10-7, on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field. Five Ponies pitchers allowed 13 hits, but stranded 15 Sea Dogs runners in Binghamton’s second straight win.

Trailing 4-0 after a rocky first inning, Binghamton started their comeback with a pair of runs in the fourth. Jhoan Urena deposited an RBI triple into the right-field gap and Levi Michael pelted the Maine Monster with a run-producing double.

The Rumble Ponies need just one hit to grab the lead for good in their four-run fifth inning. Portland starter Kevin McAvoy hit two batters and issued a walk before ceding to Jake Cosart. Urena greeted the righty with a single to plate a run and Matt Oberste walked to tie the game. Binghamton added two more runs when Portland failed to turn two on Tim Tebow’s groundball to second.

Binghamton’s offense kicked into another gear in the sixth, opening the inning with six consecutive hits against Cosart. Following an RBI single by Peter Alonso, Mazeika belted a three-run homer to right. His sixth longball of the season, and third of the road trip, gave Binghamton a five-run lead.

Urena finished a home run shy of the cycle in a three-hit game, his second as a Rumble Pony. He drove in a pair of runs, kicking his RBI total on the road trip to eight. Kevin Taylor reached safely four times, collected three hits and scored twice.

The Rumble Ponies offensive push made Nabil Crismatt (4-1) a winner for the second time in as many starts. The righty allowed four runs on three hits in the first inning, but bounced back from the 36-pitch frame. Followed Nick Lovullo’s RBI double in the first, Crismatt held Portland hitless in their next eleven at-bats. Crismatt allowed five runs on five hits over five innings before handing off to the bullpen.

The Sea Dogs scratched out a run in the seventh against Corey Taylor, but Joshua Torres entered to leave the bases loaded. In the eighth, the Sea Dogs cut the deficit to three, but left two more aboard against Eric Hanhold. Hanhold returned for the ninth and stranded runners at the corners to earn his fourth save.

McAvoy (0-2) issued three walks, hit three batters and allowed five runs on four hits over 4-1/3 innings in the loss.

The Rumble Ponies (16-17) conclude their five-game series in Portland with a rubber game on Sunday at 1:05 PM. RHP Marcos Molina gets the ball against RHP Travis Lakins. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 12:45 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 AM and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: The 15 runners stranded are the most left on by Binghamton pitching in one game since July 12, 2013 (16 v Portland Sea Dogs)…Binghamton reached double-digits in runs for the third time this season…Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double in the sixth inning.

Courtesy: Binghamton Rumble Ponies