Gibbons Gives Ponies Win In Shutout Innings
BINGHAMTON, NY – Behind six scoreless innings from Michael Gibbons, the Rumble Ponies blanked the SeaWolves 3-0 on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Making his second Double-A start of the season, Gibbons set down the final nine SeaWolves batters before passing the baton to the Binghamton bullpen. It’s the Rumble Ponies 11th win against the SeaWolves this season.
Binghamton hopped on the board courtesy of a crucial error by SeaWolves first baseman Dominic Ficocello. With Joey Wong on first, Kevin Taylor rolled one toward the first base bag that squeaked through Ficocello. Wong motored to third, while Taylor jetted all the way to second. Josh Allen brought them both in by singling up the middle, earning Binghamton a 2-0 lead.
The Ponies nearly broke the game open in the fourth inning against SeaWolves starter Liarvis Breto. After scoring nine fourth-inning runs in the first two games of the series, Binghamton loaded the bases on the first three pitches of the inning. Andrew Ely, Wong, and Levi Michael were retired in order, though, to leave the bases loaded.
Breto (2-1) was yanked after 4-1/3 innings. He gave up six hits and two runs (both unearned), striking out eight without issuing a walk.
Gibbons (1-1), meanwhile, worked into and out of trouble in his first few innings, before cruising to his finish line. He incuded a pair of critical double plays, in the first and in the third, both off the bat of Daz Cameron. Gibbons, in his third-ever Double-A appearance, retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, completing six crisp innings. He matched a season-best with six strikeouts, while issuing just one walk.
Joey Terdoslavich provided the insurance in the seventh inning with his first home run as a Binghamton Rumble Pony. He took joe Navilhon’s offer and sent it over the right-center field fence.
David Roseboom and Corey Taylor combined to toss three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to complete the shutout victory. Taylor recorded four outs for his fourth save of the season.
Binghamton (42-43) and Erie continue their five-game series on Saturday evening with first pitch at NYSEG Stadium slated for 6:05 PM. SeaWolves send LHP Matt Hall to the bump against a Pony pitcher to be determined.
Courtesy: Binghamton Rumble Ponies