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Hall, No! SeaWolves blank Rumbletown

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

SeaWolves starter Matt Hall twirled six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts, spearheading Erie’s 10-0 victory at NYSEG Stadium on Saturday evening. Hall returned the favor after Rumble Ponies starter Michael Gibbons tossed six scoreless innings one night prior. Binghamton and Erie have split the first four games of their five-game set.

The SeaWolves hopped on Rumble Ponies starter Ricky Knapp early and often, collecting all six of their runs in the first two innings. Knapp, making his first Double-A start of the season, allowed the first four SeaWolves hitters aboard. A Josh Lester RBI single, earned Erie an early 2-0 lead, before Jake Rogers doubled in two more. Chad Sedio capped the five-run rally with a sacrifice fly to score Rogers, making it 5-0.

Hall (5-2), meanwhile, started his trek through the Binghamton lineup by striking out the side in the first inning. 

Cam Gibson sparked Erie’s second-inning run, tripling off Knapp to begin the frame. After a Danny Woodrow walk, Sergio Alcantara grounded into a double play, allowing Gibson to score from third.

Knapp (0-1) worked a scoreless third, to total three frames in his first non-rehab start of the season. He gave up six runs (four earned) and walked three SeaWolves.

On the other side of the scorebook, Hall would strike out the first five Rumble Ponies and retire the first seven, before back-to-back- second inning hits from Tim Tebow and Andrew Ely. The chances were few and far between for the Binghamton bats, who stranded just four runners against Hall. In his six innings, he whiffed a season-best 10 and issued just one walk. The Rumble Ponies mustered four hits off of the south paw, one extra-base hit. 

Joe Zanghi and Ryder Ryan combined to throw five shutout innings out of the Binghamton bullpen. The duo limited the SeaWolves to one hit with two strikeouts. Stephen Nogosek coughed up four ninth-inning runs, walking four SeaWolves in the process. 

Binghamton (42-44) and Erie conclude their five-game series on Sunday afternoon with the final game before the Eastern League All-Star break. RHP Justin Dunn goes for the Ponies against SeaWolves RHP Kyle Funkhouser with first pitch at NYSEG Stadium scheduled for 2:05 PM. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 1:50 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton leads the season series 11 games to five with one remaining…Andrew Ely had Binghamton’s only extra-base hit (Double)…no runs scored from the third to eighth innings…Tim Tebow extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Courtesy: Binghamton Rumble Ponies