B-Mets Answer Bell in Rubber Match, 7-4August 7, 2011 - Eastern League (EL) Binghamton Mets
In the first inning, the R-Phils offense picked up where they left off last night. Ozzie Chavez struck Jeurys Familia's second pitch of the game for a lead-off single and quickly scored on Steve Singleton's double to the right field corner. Singleton was gunned down by Raul Reyes at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
The play loomed large when the next batter, Derrick Mitchell launched his 17 th home run of the season into the rail yard beyond the left field fence. The R-Phils added two more hits in the inning, but stranded both.
Tyson Brummett matched Familia's first-inning struggles. The first three batters reached safely on back-to-back hits and a walk. Mike Fisher's fielder's choice scored Jordany Valdespin to put Binghamton on the board.
After Allan Dykstra walked to re-load the bases, Dusty Ryan gave the B-Mets the lead on a two-run single to left field. Ryan was transferred from the Buffalo Bisons to the B-Mets before tonight's game.
Familia put up two scoreless innings before giving up the lead in the fourth. Chris Lubanski sent a payoff pitch over the left field fence for his first home run of the season as an R-Phil to lead-off the inning.
Familia made it through the frame, but watched his day come to an end when Eric Campbell pinch-hit for him in the fourth. The right-hander took the no-decision, allowing a season-high eight hits along the way.
Brummett settled down after his rocky first inning and retired eight straight B-Mets before unraveling in the fourth. The right-hander could not handle the B-Mets offense or the rain which intensified in the bottom half of the inning.
After the first two batters reached, Matt den Dekker moved both up on a sac bunt. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell sent a grounder to short; Chavez came up throwing home and gunned down Ryan at the plate.
The B-Mets did not let that hamper their offense. The next batter, Jordany Valdespin, gave the B-Mets the lead for good with an RBI single to right. Juan Lagares added two more runs on another single to right. B.J. Rosenberg took over for Brummett after a walk to Reese Havens and induced Fisher to pop out to end the inning.
The rain storm let up in the top of the fifth as Erik Turgeon worked around a two-out triple by Derrick Mitchell to toss a shutout inning. Jack Egbert took over in the sixth and tossed three strong frames to earn his first win as a B-Met. The right-hander allowed just one run on two hits, both coming in the eighth inning.
Binghamton added an insurance tally against reliever Mike Cisco in the eighth. Jon Malo walked as a pinch-hitter to start the frame and advanced to second on a sac bunt. The R-Phils chose to intentionally walk Valdespin with two outs and paid for it. The next hitter Lagares dropped a single into shallow left-centerfield to score Malo and give Binghamton a 7-4 lead. It was Lagares' first multiple-RBI night as a B-Met.
Josh Stinson took the mound in the ninth and had his save opportunity start off on the wrong foot. John Suomi's roller to first was fielded cleanly by Dykstra, but his flip to Stinson covering the base was too high. Suomi reached second on the error, but advanced no farther. Stinson retired the next three he faced to nail down his second save of the year.
Binghamton (47-68) enjoys a day off tomorrow before hitting the road for a three-game series against the Trenton Thunder. RHP Collin McHugh (4-2, 3.75) will take on RHP Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 1.86) with first pitch set for 7:05pm. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pre-Game Show begins at 6:50pm on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.
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