B-Mets Fall To Navigators Again

BINGHAMTON, NY - A thick cloud hung over both NYSEG stadium and the Binghamton Mets (2-3) on Friday night, as the Mets fell to Norwich Navigators (3-2) for the third time in as many games by a score of 5-3. The Mets are now mired in a three-game losing streak.

The Navigators jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning of B-Mets starter Jake Joseph. After retiring Jamie Athas to lead off the inning, Joseph gave up a base hit to Carlos Valderrama. Valderrama stole second and scored on Adam Shabala's RBI single. Shabala would later come around to score on Corey Erickson's sacrifice fly to make the score 2-0.

Binghamton came right back in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs of their own. Jeff Duncan led off the inning with a walk, which was followed by back-to-back singles by Daniel Garcia and Ron Acuna to load the bases. Clean-up hitter Craig Brazell grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, scoring Duncan from third. The hot-hitting Rodney Nye followed that up with an RBI double, and the score was tied.

Joseph settled down after his rocky first inning and retired the next six batters in order. He ran into trouble again in the fifth inning however, when pinch hitter Ramon Soler lead off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an E9. It looked as though Joseph was out of trouble after inducing two ground ball outs. But with two out and Soler on third, Shabala hit a dribbler to first base, which Brazell tried to handle himself. Shabala beat him to the bag and Soler scored on the infield hit, giving the Gators back the lead.

Joseph was lifted after he walked the next batter in favor of PJ Bevis, who struck Erickson out looking to end the inning and strand two Gator runners.

Binghamton wasn't done yet though, as they re-tied the score at three in the bottom of the sixth, when Marvin Seale grounded out to the second baseman scoring Rodney Nye from third.

Eric Cammack came on in the top of the seventh for the Mets and was rudely greeted by the Gators. A leadoff single and an error on Nye put runners on the corners with just one out. Michael Cervenak untied the game with an RBI single, and the Gators were back on top. A deep solo homerun off the bat of catcher John Pachot in the eighth inning capped the scoring for both teams.

Reliever Kevin Vent was credited with the victory after throwing three innings, giving up just two hits, one run while striking out four. Alberto Montes came on in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to pick up the save.

Eric Cammack was charged with the loss. He gave up two runs - one earned - on three hits in two innings. He also struck out one. The Mets look to end their losing swoon Saturday at 6:00pm as Bob Keppel faces the Gators' Boof Bonser. Bonser already has a victory over the Mets this season.

Notes: The evening's fireworks display was cancelled due to the weather … The Navigators stole five bases as part of their victory … Third baseman Rodney Nye is 3 for his last 7, after starting the season 0-8 … The defensive play of the game came in the eighth inning when Joe Jester lifted a shallow fly ball to right field. Second baseman Ron Acuna ran and slid to catch the ball and record the out.

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