Reading Reels In Rubber Game in Rout, 11-3READING, PA – The Reading Fightin Phils hammered out 14 hits, including three home runs, and defeated the Binghamton Mets, 11-3, in the rubber game of a three-game series on Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Dylan Cozens and Jorge Alfaro combined for six hits and six RBI to hand the B-Mets the loss in the finale of their week-long road trip.
Cozens started Reading’s big offensive night by lining an RBI double to the left-field alley in the first. The Fightins’ right fielder struck again with a two-run double in a three-run third inning.
Reading chased Mickey Jannis from the game after three innings and kept up their offensive pace against the B-Mets bullpen. Logan Taylor allowed two runs in two innings of relief and Alberto Baldonado surrendered four runs over two innings on the hill. Jake Fox capped Reading’s night with a solo homer, his second of the night, in the ninth.
Binghamton had a pair of chances to get back into the game against Reading starter Ricardo Pinto, but failed to push a run across. After the B-Mets stranded two in the fourth, Champ Stuart was gunned down at home to end the fifth attempting to score on a fly out to shallow right field.
The B-Mets scratched out their only runs against the Phils bullpen. Colton Plaia delivered a run-producing groundout in the sixth, Jayce Boyd added an RBI infield single in the seventh, and Phillip Evans scampered home on a wild pitch in the ninth.
Pinto (4-4) stepped around five hits over five scoreless innings to earn the win. The righty stranded seven runners and held the B-Mets to a 1-for-8 mark with runners in scoring position.
Jannis (3-10) allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over three innings, his shortest outing of the season.
The B-Mets (48-54) return to the Southern Tier to start a four-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Tyler Pill takes the mound against LHP Jalen Beeks. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting a 6:20 PM on News Radio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: The B-Mets went 4-3 on the road trip…Binghamton went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners…Jayce Boyd extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-hit performance
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