B-Mets rally falls short in second straight loss
MANCHESTER, NH – The Binghamton Mets collected 16 hits, but could not overcome New Hampshire’s four-run sixth in a 5-4 loss to the Fisher Cats on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Binghamton stranded 13 runners, including the tying run on third in the ninth, and went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position in their second straight defeat. LJ Mazzilli and Brandon Nimmo recorded four hits apiece in the loss.
Binghamton rode Aderlin Rodriguez’s bat to an early lead in the second. The B-Mets first baseman blasted the first pitch he saw from Austin Bibens-Dirkx off the left-field wall for a double, chasing Nimmo home from first base.
Following a game-tying home run by Pierce Rankin in the bottom of the inning, the B-Mets retook the lead in the third. Nimmo zipped a first-pitch fastball back up the middle with two outs, plating LJ Mazzilli. Brock Peterson stretched Binghamton’s lead to two by launching a solo homer in the fifth, his second long-ball as a B-Met.
Seth Lugo retired ten straight Fisher Cats after Rankin’s home run, but came unraveled in the sixth. Jorge Flores got the rally started by launching a leadoff triple to center field. Dalton Pompey followed by dragging a bunt single up the first-base line, cutting Binghamton’s lead in half. Dwight Smith Jr. erased the deficit with a line-drive RBI double down the left-field line. Jon Berti ended Lugo’s night with a single up the middle. KC Hobson greeted Adam Kolarek with a two-run single up the middle, pushing the Fisher Cats ahead 5-3.
Aderlin Rodriguez’s sac fly in the eighth put Binghamton within one. After the visitors put the first two aboard in the ninth against Blake McFarland, Josh Rodriguez blistered a fly ball to center. Dwight Smith Jr. sprinted to the warning track and made a leaping catch, holding onto the ball as he banged into the wall. McFarland put down the next two B-Mets to notch his ninth save of the year.
Dustin Antolin (2-2) tossed two scoreless innings of relief in the sixth and seventh to earn the victory. Lugo (2-4) was charged with five runs on six hits over five innings in the loss, stretching his winless skid to seven starts.
The B-Mets (35-32) continue their four-game visit to Manchester on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 PM. RHP Gabriel Ynoa takes the mound against RHP Casey Lawrence. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 1:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Akeel Morris tossed a perfect eighth inning in his Double-A debut…the 16 hits matched a season-high for hits in a loss (May 3 v New Hampshire)…Brock Peterson’s home run was the 193rd of his professional career
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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)