June 29, 2010 - Eastern League (EL) - Altoona Curve
BINGHAMTON, NY - The Binghamton Mets used a six-run bottom of the third inning to muscle their way past the Altoona Curve and roll to a 9-5 win on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium.
The loss is the fourth in the last six games for the Curve, and is just the second time all season that Altoona has dropped back-to-back series.
After the Curve (49-28) jumped out to a 2-0 edge using a first inning sacrifice fly from Josh Harrison and a second inning RBI single from Miles Durham, the B-Mets, winners of five-straight heading into the game, would tie the contest in the bottom of the second.
Against Curve starter Jared Hughes in the bottom of the third, the Mets would send nine men to the plate, using two fielding errors by Altoona to aid a six-run attack.
Shortstop Chase d\'Arnaud mishandled a ball off the bat of Kirk Nieuwenhuis to get the inning started. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases before right-fielder Miles Durham dropped a fly ball off the bat of Marshall Hubbard to give Binhamton a 3-2 lead. Following immediately was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Sean Ratliff to put the Mets up 4-2. A walk to Mike Nickeas loaded the bases setting the stage for Raul Reyes, who belted a Hughes offering over the right field wall and giving the B-Mets an 8-2 lead. All runs in the third inning off of Hughes were unearned.
Hughes, the Eastern League leader in wins lasted just 4.0 innings, allowing the nine runs (just three earned) on eight hits.
Binghamton (41-36) would tack on one more in the fourth inning before the Curve would mount a comeback attempt.
d\'Arnaud extended his hitting streak to six games by blasting a solo home run in the fifth to make cut the deficit to 9-3, and a pair of runs in the seventh inning off of B-Mets reliever Eddie Kuntz made it 9-5. d\'Arnaud would single home a run and a B-Mets fielding error allowed the two runs to score in the seventh. d'Arnaud finished the night 2-for-5 with two RBI.
The Altoona Curve will look to salvage the final game of the three-game series on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. when they send LHP Justin Wilson to the hill. Wilson is 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA. Binghamton will oppose with LHP Mike Antonini (5-5, 4.07). Airtime on flagship station ESPN Radio 1430, WVAM and Altoona Curve Radio Network affiliates is 6:05 p.m.