B-Mets Home Opener Spoiled By Gators

The weather finally cooperated with the Binghamton Mets (2-2) and allowed them to play their home opener on Thursday against the Norwich Navigators (2-2). Unfortunately, the Mets' bats went cold, as the Gators shut out Binghamton by a score of 2-0 in the first game of a four-game set.

Norwich broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning with an RBI single from Joe Jester off of Binghamton starter Phil Seibel. The Gators tacked on another run in the seventh with a solo homerun from Jester off Joe Cole. Those two runs were enough to seal the victory for the visiting team, as three pitchers combined for the shutout.

Kevin Correira was credited with the win after pitcher four and a third scoreless innings in relief of starter Noah Lowry. Matt Montgomery came on in the eighth and picked up his first save of the season. The trio of pitchers held Binghamton to just eight hits while striking out 13 and walking none.

Binghamton's best chance to score came in the sixth inning when Jeff Duncan led off with a single. Duncan stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. The Mets couldn't capitalize though, as Ronald Acuna struck out and Craig Brazell flew out to center to end the inning and the threat.

The B-Mets threatened again in the seventh with a leadoff double from third baseman Rodney Nye. But again, the Gators pitching overwhelmed the Mets and nothing came of it.

The southpaw Seibel was credited with the loss despite a strong outing. He went five innings, allowing just five hits and one run while striking out five. Joseph Cole came on in the sixth inning and also pitched well, striking out five in three innings.

Perhaps the brightest spot of the night for the Mets was reliever Aaron Hee. Hee pitched the ninth inning and struck out the side in order, looking dominant in the process.

The Mets and Navigators face each other again Friday night at 7:00pm, as Jake Joseph (1-0) takes the hill for Binghamton.

Notes: A plaque was given to B-Mets GM Bill Terlecky before the game started in recognition of his service to the team … The heart of the Mets 3-4-5 combination of Acuna, Brazell and Nye is batting just .268 so far, with only 2 RBI total … Attendance at the game was reported at 2,604.

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