Montero, Roseboom, Cement B-Mets Win, 2-1BINGHAMTON, NY- Rafael Montero struck out nine batters over six and 1/3 innings and the Binghamton Mets beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 2-1, Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium. David Roseboom recorded the final four outs, earning his eighth save.
Binghamton struck first in the third inning as Champ Stuart worked a leadoff walk and took second when Kevin McAvoy threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt. Derrik Gibson then chopped a grounder up the middle that escaped the dive of Mauricio Dubon at short. Stuart sped around third and scored easily, putting the B-Mets up, 1-0.
That lead held until the fifth when Jake Romanski smacked a leadoff double. He later scored on a two-out single from Yoan Moncada, tying the game at one.
In the bottom of the fifth, Stuart was hit by a pitch and Gibson walked. Stuart was picked off second base before Phillip Evans roped a double to left. Gibson scored all the way from first, giving Binghamton a 2-1 lead.
Montero cruised through 6-1/3 innings with one run allowed on five hits. He struck out nine batters, a Double-A career high and the most he had fanned since recording 11 on August 5, 2014 against Sacramento while pitching for Las Vegas.
Tim Peterson walked a pair in the eighth and with two outs and runners at second and third, Roseboom was summoned from the bullpen. He struck out Aneury Tavarez, stranding both men on base. Roseboom has inherited 25 runners this season and stranded all of them.
Roseboom struck out one more in the ninth and induced a game-ending double play to slam the door. He converted his eighth save in as many chances and recorded his ninth straight scoreless appearance.
Gibson went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two walks and a run and Evans was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
The finale of the four-game series is set for 1:05 PM on Sunday with RHP Rainy Lara starting for the B-Mets. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 12:50 PM on News Radio 1290, WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Dominic Smith was ejected in the eighth inning by first base umpire Chris Graham, the B-Mets first ejection since Jayce Boyd was ejected on June 18 in Trenton…David Roseboom has stranded the last 30 runners he’s inherited, a streak dating back to June 20, 2015 with Savannah.
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