April 28, 2010 - Eastern League (EL) - Portland Sea Dogs
(Binghamton, NY): A night after the Sea Dogs were able to quiet the bats of Binghamton, the B-Mets bats woke up and shook the Â‘Dogs.
Sea Dogs starter and top Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly picked up the start and ran in to trouble right away, but the 20 year old responded well. After a 39 pitch first inning looked like it could throw Kelly\'s night off, he responded by striking out the side in the second inning. A double from Zach Lutz in the third inning chased him out of the game, and overall, Kelly, who recorded his first loss (0-1) went two and a third, giving up 3 earned runs, 5 hits, striking out 3.
The B-Mets jumped on Kelly early. Kurt Nieuwenhuis singled and stole second base. After a Jose Coronado groundout advanced Nieuwenhuis to third, Lucas Duda ripped single to centerfield, giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
The Mets struck again in the inning, after catcher Luke Montz drove a deep fly ball to Ryan Kalish who was able to make a very difficult catch, but allowed Lucas Duda to get the second run of the inning.
Luke Montz continued to be a pain to Sea Dogs pitching in the third inning as well. After a double, Zach Lutz advanced to third on a wild pitch by Eammon Portice. Luke Montz struck a single, which gave Binghamton a 3-0 lead.
Eammon Portice found plenty of trouble in the fifth inning. Duda and Lutz started off the inning with singles. After a D.J. Wabick pop out, Luke Montz came to the plate and doubled the Portice offering which plated Duda. Up next was Carlos Guzman, who, like Montz, nailed a double which scored two runs (Lutz and Montz), giving the Mets a 6-0 lead. Portice went two and two thirds of an inning, giving up six hits and three runs.
Eddie Kunz, who picked up the victory (2-2), had a solid start Binghamton, but battled control issues the entire night. He was able to get out of jams in the top of the fourth and fifth, innings where the first two Sea Dog batters got on base.
Kunz was pulled after five plus innings after loading the bags. He was replaced by Jose De La Torre, who uncorked a wild pitched that scored Jason Place, giving the Sea Dogs their first run of the night. De La Torre then walked in Nate Spears. De La Torre\'s night did not get any easier, as a Che-Hsuan Lin single drove in Ray Chang, making it 6-3 Mets. Lin\'s single chased De La Torre, who did not record an out.
De La Torre was promptly replaced by Roy Merritt, who was able to navigate his way out of the inning without giving up a run. He came out for the seventh inning as well and pitched a clean frame.
T.J. Large entered the game after Eammon Portice, but made a very costly mistake. With Kirk Nieuwenhaus and Lucas Duda on the bases, Large gave up the gopher ball to Zach Lutz, which gave the Mets a 9-3 lead. Large went two innings, giving up three runs on two hits.
Santo Luis, who earlier in the road trip was designated for assignment and cleared waivers, returned to the Sea Dogs and relived Large.
Portland splits the series with the Mets, and have an off day tomorrow. They return to action Friday against New Britain.