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Mickey Jannis Back Like He Never Left

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Binghamton, N.Y. - Binghamton starter Mickey Jannis fired seven scoreless innings to guide the Rumble Ponies past the Akron RubberDucks, 1-0, on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Making his first start of the season, the Rumble Ponies knuckleballer held the Ducks to two hits to earn his 22nd career victory with the franchise, moving into a tie for third place all-time.

Jannis opened his first start of 2019 in mid-season form, setting down the first nine RubberDucks he faced. The Nevada native stepped around a leadoff single in a scoreless fourth before nullifying Akron’s biggest threat in the fifth. The RubberDucks loaded the bases in a one-run game, but Jannis struck out Logan Ice looking to snuff out the rally. Jannis capped his stellar night with back-to-back perfect frames.

Jannis (1-0) struck out three and held the Ducks to a pair of singles while coaxing 14 groundball outs to claim the victory. He extended his lead on the franchise leaderboard in starts (70), innings (405.2) and strikeouts (282).

The Rumble Ponies offense gave Jannis just enough against Akron starter Zach Plesac. Following second-inning singles by Will Toffey and Dario Pizzano, Braxton Lee laced a single to left to generate the only run in the game.