Rock Cats Edged by B-Mets, 4-3July 24, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) New Britain Rock Cats
New Britain's Blake Martin matched Cohoon by putting zeros across the board through the first four frames. Both starting pitchers entered the fifth without allowing a hit, but the B-Mets struck for the first hit of the night against Martin.
Campbell lined a base hit into left field to start off the fifth inning and break up Martin's early no-hit bid. Martin rebounded to strike out Allan Dykstra before plunking Jefry Marte with a pitch. Rock Cats right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had been hit in the previous inning. Juan Centeno lined a single into left to load up the bases for the B-Mets with one out. Martin struck out Pedro Zapata before allowing a double by Wilfredo Tovar that cleared the bases and put the B-Mets on the board, 3-0.
Martin ran into more trouble in the sixth. After retiring the first two batters in the inning, Martin walked the next two batters. That forced the Rock Cats to turn to the bullpen and relief man Marty Popham came on to strike out Marte to escape the jam without damage.
Martin (3-4) finished with three runs allowed on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four.
The Rock Cats finally found an answer to Cohoon in the seventh. With two outs, Deibinson Romero ripped a double into left field to break up the no-hitter and give the Rock Cats a runner in scoring position. Nate Hanson followed with a single to left to knock in Romero and put the `Cats on the board, 3-1.
Binghamton added a run in the eighth courtesy of a solo home run by Campbell. The home run came against Jose Gonzalez, who was making his Double-A debut.
The Rock Cats' bats came alive in the bottom of the eighth. Shawn Roof led off with a single and moved to third on a one-out double by Aaron Hicks that knocked Cohoon from the game. Joe Benson greeted reliever Bradley Holt with a double to center that knocked in Roof and Hicks and closed the gap to one run. Arcia then crushed a long fly ball to center that fell from Zapata's glove and put Benson on third and Arcia at second. The Rock Cats couldn't come through with the clutch hit and left both runners stranded on base.
Cohoon (5-7) allowed three runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. Robert Carson added a scoreless ninth to notch his ninth save.
ALLSTATE PLAYER OF THE GAME : LF Joe Benson came through with a clutch two-run double in the eighth that brought the Rock Cats to within one run. Benson finished the night 1-for-4 with two RBI.
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