B-Mets avoid brooms with 5-2 victory
The Binghamton Mets snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided a series sweep by beating the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-2 Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton packed their offense into the second and third innings, scoring five runs on five hits, including three doubles.
The B-Mets struck for two runs in the second against starter Mike Kickham. After an Eric Campbell double put runners at second and third, Juan Centeno plated a run with a ground out to second. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a sac fly to right, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead.
The home team tacked on three more in the third. Juan Lagares was hit with a 2-2 pitch from Kickham and scored from first one batter later when Reese Havens shot a double to the right field gap. Dykstra drove in Havens with a single to right and Eric Campbell capped the inning with an RBI double to right.
Germen took the five-run lead into the seventh inning, stranding six runners along the way. Richmond did not crack the scoreboard until the seventh when they started the frame with three consecutive hits. Luke Anders broke the shutout with an RBI double and Gary Brown delivered a sac fly. Germen ended his day by inducing a pair of fly outs, stranding a runner at third.
Brad Holt tossed a perfect eighth inning and Drew Carpenter navigated past a walk and a single in a shutout ninth, earning his first save as a B-Met. It was just Carpenter's second career save and first since April 9, 2007 when he was a member of the Clearwater Threshers (PHI: High-A).
Germen (7-10) allowed two runs over seven innings on eight hits, matching a season-high. It was his first win since with the B-Mets since he beat the Altoona Curve on July 15. Kickham (10-10) was tagged for five runs on six hits over four frames in his second straight loss. Jacob Dunnington and Austin Fleet each chipped in with two scoreless innings of relief for Richmond.
The B-Mets (60-67) start a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Monday night at 6:35 p.m. LHP Darin Gorski gets the ball for Binghamton against LHP Sean Nolin. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pre-game show begins at 12:50 p.m. on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.