Misplay opens door for B-Mets in win
The Binghamton Mets scored the game-winning run without the aid of a hit and the bullpen provided four shutout innings of relief in a 2-1 victory over the Akron Aeros Friday night at Canal Park.
With the game tied and the bases loaded on two walks and a hit batsman in the top of the seventh, Wilfredo Tovar lifted a weak popup behind first base. Jose Ramirez raced over from second, but dropped it, allowing Cory Vaughn to score the go-ahead run.
The B-Mets were forced to play catch-up after the Aeros used the bottom of their order to strike in the second. Roberto Perez started the rally with a two-out double to left-center. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni allowed a single and issued a walk to load the bases, but worked ahead of nine-hitter Delvi Cid to an 0-2 count.
Cid waved at a low breaking ball, but the third strike kicked away from B-Mets catcher Juan Centeno, rolling fifteen feet from home plate. Centeno failed to cleanly bare-hand the ball, allowing Perez to score from third.
After being kept in check by Aeros starter T.J. House for five innings, Binghamton broke through in the sixth. Back-to-back singles from Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris chased the southpaw from the game. Fabio Martinez entered from the pen and uncorked a wild pitch on his first offering, pushing both runners up a bag. Daniel Muno tied the game with an RBI ground out to second.
In the seventh, Martinez handed out a walk and hit Puello before being replaced by Kyle Landis. Pena was intentionally walked after a sac bunt from Juan Centeno, setting the stage for Wilfredo Tovar's run-producing popup.
Chase Hunchingson made the lead stand with two scoreless innings of relief and Jack Leathersich stranded a pair of runners in the ninth to secure the win. Cohoon (1-0) collected the victory while Leathersich earned his first save. Martinez (0-1) suffered the first blown save in the losing effort.
The B-Mets (2-0) look to secure the series victory Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. RHP Logan Verrett makes his Double-A debut against LHP Matt Packer. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show starts at 1:50 p.m.