B-Mets Game Notes: at Akron AerosJune 20, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Binghamton Mets
Akron Aeros (44-25)
Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
G1: RHP Zack Wheeler (6-2, 1.92) vs. LHP T.J. House (4-2, 3.55)
G2: RHP Cory Mazzoni (0-0, ---) vs. LHP Frankie Jimenez (0-0, ---)
Games #68 & 69 - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Canal Park - Akron, OH - 6:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets started their nine-game roadtrip by dropping a pair of games to the Akron Aeros, falling in the resumption of a suspended contest by a 6-4 score in ten innings before losing the nightcap 4-2 in seven frames at Canal Park last night. Nick Weglarz hit two solo home runs against reliever Armando Rodriguez to break a tie game, but the B-Mets plated two runs in the ninth to force extras. In the tenth, reliever Brad Holt allowed one hit and walked four, including two with the bases loaded to give Akron the lead. Bryce Stowell posted a perfect tenth to collect the save. The Aeros plated three runs in the first inning against starter Mark Cohoon to collect a win in the nightcap. Thomas Neal ripped a two-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the third; both hits came with two outs. Juan Centeno provided an RBI triple and Josh Rodriguez launched a solo homer to highlight the offense for the B-Mets. Paolo Espino earned the win for Akron.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP, GAME ONE: RHP Zack Wheeler (6-2, 1.92) makes his 12th start of the season. The righty has a six-game winning streak that was put on pause after a taking a no-decision in his last start against the Reading Phillies on June 14. He allowed a season-high three runs on seven hits, but battled through six innings. He matched a season-low with just three strikeouts. Wheeler made his Double-A against the Aeros on April 7. In his shortest outing of the year, he allowed two runs on four hits and walked three over three innings in a loss.
LHP T.J. House (4-2, 3.55) takes the mound for his tenth start of the season. The southpaw suffered a loss in his last start against the Reading Phillies on June 15. He was tagged for a career-high 13 hits and seven runs over 4.1 innings. He walked one and struck out just one. In two starts against the B-Mets this season, House has taken two no-decisions and compiled a 4.00 ERA. The southpaw started his season with the Carolina Mudcats (High-A), going 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts before getting promoted to the Aeros on April 29.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP, GAME TWO: RHP Cory Mazzoni (0-0, ---) makes his Double-A debut tonight. Selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of North Carolina State, Mazzoni started his season with the St. Lucie Mets (High-A). The Pennsylvania native went 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 starts in the Florida State League. The righty split last season, his first in the pro ranks, between the Brooklyn Cyclones (SS-A) and St. Lucie.
LHP Frankie Jimenez (0-0, ---) also makes his Double-A debut tonight. Signed by the Indians out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, Jimenez started the season with the Carolina Mudcats (High-A), going 5-5 with a 3.96 ERA in 15 games (10 starts). Now in his sixth pro season, Jimenez split last season between the Lake County Captains (Low-A) and Kinston Indians (High-A). He has gone 31-10 with a 3.43 ERA in his career.
THE ODD SERIES CONTINUES: The B-Mets were one hit away from celebrating a walk-off win at Canal Park last night as they completed their suspended game that began at NYSEG Stadium back on June 3. Tonight they will serve as the home team in game one as they make up a postponed game from June 4.
THE STOPPER: The Binghamton Mets have lost at least two straight games leading up to four of Zack Wheeler's last six starts. The B-Mets have won the last seven games that Wheeler has started.
AEROS LIMIT THE OFFENSE: Last night's 4-2 loss in the nightcap was the seventh time in eleven meetings that Binghamton has been held to two runs or fewer.
LOW-WATER MARK: The pair of losses last night dropped Binghamton to five games under .500, their low-water mark of the year. They sit 8.5 games out of first in the Eastern Division, the widest margin at any point this season.
NEXT GAME PREVIEW: The B-Mets wrap up their series against the Aeros tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. RHP Gonzalez Germen takes the mound for Binghamton against LHP Giovanni Soto.
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