Monday, September 5, 2016


Evans Wins Eastern League Batting Title
BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton Mets infielder Phillip Evans went 4-for-6 in the last game of the regular season and raised his batting average to .335 to secure the Eastern League batting title. Evans slipped past the idle Portland Sea Dog outfielder Aneury Tavarez by .00012.
Evans trailed Tavarez by five percentage points entering the day and grounded out twice in his first three at-bats. He singled to left in the seventh and ripped a single past Dominic Ficociello at first in the ninth. After Amed Rosario’s game-tying two-run single in the ninth forced extras, Evans skipped a single into center in the 11th. Evans was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 13th inning.
Promoted to Binghamton on April 22, Evans stumbled out of the gate with a 1-for-14 stretch to open his Double-A career. The infielder from California bounced back with a .333 average in May and checked into the All-Star break at .311.
Evans caught fire once the calendar flipped to August. From August 9 to the close of the season, he hit .430 (46-for-107) and led the league by 38 percentage points during the stretch. In his final 25 games, he registered 15 multiple-hit games, including three four-hit performances.
With a slim margin to collect enough plate appearances to qualify for the league leader board, Evans started all of Binghamton’s final 21 games. Evan’s six plate appearances on Monday gave him enough to qualify for the title.
Officially, Evans ended the season with a .33518 batting average. Tavarez finished in second with a .33506 mark.
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