B-Mets Game Notes: vs Akron AerosJune 1, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Binghamton Mets
Akron Aeros (32-19)
Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
RHP Gonzalez Germen (1-3, 4.50) vs. RHP Steven Wright (3-1, 1.75)
Game #52 - Friday, June 1, 2012
NYSEG Stadium - Binghamton, NY - 7:05 PM
LAST GAME: Zack Wheeler allowed just one run and struck out eight to lead the Binghamton Mets past the Reading Phillies by an 8-1 score last night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Wheeler retired 19 of the first 20 he faced en route to his fifth win in as many starts. The righty went seven innings, gave up three hits and walked no R-Phils. The B-Mets grabbed the lead for good with four runs on four hits in the second inning against Reading starter Jonathan Pettibone. Josh Rodriguez sealed the game with a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Pettibone suffered his fifth loss. Robert Carson capped the night with two scoreless innings of relief.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP: RHP Gonzalez Germen (1-3, 4.50) makes his fifth appearance and fourth start for the B-Mets. Germen last appeared in relief against the New Britain Rock Cats on May 24. He allowed two runs on two hits in three innings and suffered his third loss. He surrendered a two-run homer to Deibinson Romero in the eighth inning that broke a tie in a game the Rock Cats won 6-4. Germen was promoted from St. Lucie (High-A) on May 4 to fill-in when Zack Wheeler went on the disabled list. Germen went 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA in five games (four starts) in the Florida State League before his promotion. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of La Romana, Dominican Republic in October 2007.
RHP Steven Wright (3-2, 1.75) makes his ninth start of the season and third against the B-Mets. Wright went just three innings in his previous start against the Erie SeaWolves on May 28. The righty gave up two hits and walked two over three scoreless innings in a no-decision. Wright did not pitch from May 11 to May 28 due to a broken left toe. Wright, a native of Torrance, CA is in his fifth season with the Aeros. He pitched at four levels in the Indians system last year, racking up 25 appearances and making 20 starts. In two starts against the B-Mets, Wright has gone 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA.
WHEELING & DEALING: B-Mets starter Zack Wheeler finished one shy of season-high with eight strikeouts last night. He leads all starting pitchers in the Eastern League with 60 strikeouts in 52.2 innings (10.25 K/9 IP). Wheeler lowered his ERA to 1.88, the fourth-best in the league.
MAY IN REVIEW: The B-Mets went 13-15 in the month of May. They hit .260 as a team, the sixth-best average in the league and compiled a 4.06 ERA. It was the most wins they have collected in May since they racked up 18 in 2008 (18-11).
CAPPING THE EASTERN DIVISION STRETCH: Last night's game capped Binghamton's stretch of seven consecutive series against Eastern Division. The B-Mets went 11-11 over the 22-game stretch. They spent the length of the set in fourth place and lost just half a game in the standings.
ZAPATA CONTRIBUTING: B-Mets outfielder Pedro Zapata went 3-for-4 last night with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. It was his second three-hit game of the season. The effort raised his batting average by 13 percentage points. He has hit safely in five of his last six games.
WELCOME BACK: The B-Mets welcomed back Brandon Moore who was reinstated from the restricted list during Binghamton's roadtrip to Reading.
SKIMPING ON PITCHERS: Last night, the B-Mets used just one reliever for the ninth time in the last ten games and the 18th time overall.
AGAINST THE AEROS: The B-Mets have gone 2-5 versus the Aeros and welcome them to NYSEG Stadium for the first time since they opened the season together. The B-Mets have hit just .210 as a team in the seven games. They have been held to two runs or fewer in five contests. Binghamton's pitching staff has compiled a 2.79 ERA against Akron.
NEXT GAME PREVIEW: The B-Mets continue their four-game series against the Akron Aeros tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. LHP Darin Gorski opposes RHP Paolo Espino
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