Walk-off win caps doubleheader sweep for B-Mets
The Binghamton Mets swept the Erie SeaWolves in a doubleheader Friday night at NYSEG Stadium, earning a 2-0 win in the opener before collecting a 5-4 victory on Jefry Marte's walk-off single in the nightcap. It was the B-Mets first doubleheader sweep since July 9, 2011.
The B-Mets drew first blood in the opener. Juan Lagares led off the first with a single to right against Patrick Cooper. A walk to Reese Havens set the table for Wilmer Flores who delivered with a two-run triple to the right field corner.
The early offense was all Binghamton would muster against Cooper. The righty bounced back and retired the final 18 B-Mets he faced to close his night.
Binghamton starting pitcher Cory Mazzoni stole the show in the opener. With terrific defense behind him, Mazzoni fired seven shutout innings and allowed just one runner to reach third. He did not walk a batter and struck out one in his first career win at NYSEG Stadium.
Mazzoni (3-2) collected his second straight win and extended his scoreless innings streak to fourteen. Cooper (2-3) suffered the hard-luck loss.
Binghamton snapped out of their hitting mini-funk to open up the nightcap. Lagares singled against spot-starter David Kopp to start the first inning, stole second and scored on a single by Allan Dykstra later in the inning.
The B-Mets added to their lead in the third inning. After a bunt single by Lagares, Mike Fisher, in his first game of the year with the B-Mets, blasted a two-run homer to right field. It was his first round-tripper since he went deep for the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) in June 2011. Jefry Marte capped the scoring for Binghamton with a solo homer in the fourth, his second in as many days.
Mark Cohoon followed in Mazzoni's footsteps and put up a solid outing. The lefty allowed one unearned run over six innings, struck out a season-high six SeaWolves, and left with a chance to win.
The B-Mets took a 4-1 lead in to the seventh and looked to Robert Carson to lock down the save. However, the southpaw could not preserve the lead. Erie scored three runs on four hits, capped by a game-tying two run double by Niuman Romero.
After the B-Mets failed to score against Robbie Weinhardt and Michael Morrison in the seventh, Ryan Fraser took over in the eighth and tossed a perfect frame.
Flores started the bottom of the eighth with a walk against Morrison. Following a sac bunt by Eric Campbell, Allan Dykstra was intentionally walked. After working the count full, Jefry Marte lined a single to right centerfield, bringing home Flores with the game-winning run. It was Marte's second walk-off hit of the season.
Fraser (2-1) earned the win while Morrison (2-3) suffered the loss. Carson was saddled with his third blown save of the season.
The B-Mets (43-48) continue their series against the SeaWolves Saturday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Zack Wheeler takes on RHP James Avery. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pre-game show begins at 6:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.