Late Surge Secures Series Split, 3-2BINGHAMTON, NY- The Binghamton Mets used late offense to defeat the Harrisburg Senators, 3-2, Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium. Solo home runs from L.J. Mazzilli and Champ Stuart helped the B-Mets to a split in the four-game series.
With the game tied at two in the bottom of the seventh, Phillip Evans led off with a double and moved to third on a Dominic Smith groundout. Victor Cruzado later smacked a line drive single to center, scoring Evans and putting the B-Mets on top, 3-2.
In the top of the eighth, David Roseboom was summoned with two outs and two runners on base. He struck out Jose Marmolejos on three pitches, stranding both inherited runners. Roseboom then worked a clean ninth to convert the save, his ninth in as many chances.
Roseboom has inherited 27 runners this season and stranded all of them. He has not allowed an inherited runner to score since May 7, 2015 while pitching for Savannah, a streak of 32 inherited runners.
After three scoreless innings, Isaac Ballou worked a two-out walk in the fourth. Marmolejos then singled him to third on a hit and run and Neftali Soto followed with a grounder to third. Derrik Gibson went to second for the force-out but L.J. Mazzilli’s turn to first was too late and Ballou scored on a fielder’s choice, giving Harrisburg a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, Rafael Bautista led off with a home run off of Rafael Montero, a solo shot the extended the Senators lead to 2-0.
Binghamton tied it in the bottom of the sixth. Mazzilli cranked a solo homer deep to left then Stuart followed two batters later with a solo shot to left-center. Stuart’s home run snapped a personal 0-for-22 stretch and tied the game at two.
Montero (3-1) picked up the win with two runs allowed on three hits over seven innings, striking out three.
Cruzado was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Stuart was 1-for-4 with a homer and Mazzilli finished 1-for-3 with a homer.
Binghamton will begin a three-game series with the Hartford Yard Goats on Friday at 6:05 PM. RHP Ricky Knapp will make the start for the B-Mets against LHP Carlos Hernandez for Hartford. Binghamton will play as the road team at NYSEG Stadium in a game closed to the public. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 5:50 PM on News Radio 1290, WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Rafael Montero did not allow a hit through his first 3 1/3 innings…Harrisburg pitching retired twelve straight B-Mets from the second until the sixth, snapped by L.J. Mazzilli’s home run.
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