Binghamton Dropped by Erie, 6-3BINGHAMTON, NY- Christin Stewart put the Erie SeaWolves on top with a three-run homer in the second inning and the Binghamton Mets never led in a 6-3 loss, Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium.
In the second, Rafael Montero plunked Connor Harrell with a two-strike pitch then allowed a single to Dominic Ficociello. Stewart followed with a three-run home run off of the video board in left-center. His second homer in as many nights gave the SeaWolves a 3-0 lead.
Binghamton answered in the home half with a bomb of its own. Victor Cruzado took Thad Weber deep to right for his career-high eighth home run of the year. The solo shot snapped a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings for the B-Mets and it cut the deficit to 3-1.
The SeaWolves scratched another run across in the fourth as Mike Gerber led off with a single and took second on a Harrell single. Both men later advanced on a wild pitch by Kevin McGowan and Gerber then scored on a second wild pitch, pushing the Erie lead to 4-1.
Montero (4-3) took the loss with three runs on two hits over 1 1/3 innings. He is expected to start for the New York Mets on Tuesday and it was announced before Saturday’s game that his outing would be abbreviated.
The B-Mets threatened in the fourth with a two-out rally as Matt Oberste singled and Victor Cruzado reached on an error. Jayce Boyd then singled up the middle and Oberste was waved around third. Anthony Gose fielded the ball in center and threw a strike home, gunning Oberste to end the inning.
In the seventh, Kody Eaves worked a leadoff walk and later scored on a Gustavo Nunez single. Gose then doubled off the wall in left, scoring Nunez to extend the lead to 6-1.
Weber (1-2) earned the win with one run on five hits and eight strikeouts over six innings pitched.
Binghamton again threatened in the bottom of the seventh and again had a rally cut down by Gose. With runners at first and second, Phillip Evans singled up the middle and Gose threw out Boyd as he tried to score from second, ending the inning.
In the ninth, Oberste walked and Cruzado followed with a triple to right-center, scoring Oberste from first. Boyd then bounced an RBI groundout to short, scoring Cruzado. Colton Plaia and L.J. Mazzilli then each grounded out to end the game and the B-Mets fell, 6-3.
Amed Rosario was 2-for-4 with a double, Cruzado went 2-for-4 with a homer, a triple and two RBI and Boyd finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Game three of the four-game set is scheduled for 6:35 PM on Sunday. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM on News Radio 1290, WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Jayce Boyd recorded his third consecutive multi-hit game…all eight of Victor Cruzado’s home runs have come as a left-handed hitter…the B-Mets are now 14 games below .500, matching their low water mark on the season.
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